Sometimes we do not understand God’s plan for our lives and Paul wasn’t any different than us. God did not reveal His master plan to Paul until He announced it in Paul’s writings to the church at Ephesus.
There were hints in the Old Testament, but starting with today’s Bible verse and the following verses, God reveals His astonishing plan that had already begun.
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7)
God’s master plan is, to sum up all things in Jesus.
God's master plan begins with redemption, and the center of redemption is forgiveness. This is what we experience when we believe in Jesus. As you will read in the following Bible verses, you have forgiveness because you are in Him, you are a part of Jesus.
God and His grace are limitless. It is God the Father, forgiving us through Jesus the Son because we are one with Jesus, a part of Him, just like a bride is part of her husband.
“which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,” (Ephesians 1:8)
We are experiencing that right now, present tense, eternal and continuing salvation and pardon of yesterday’s, today’s and any future sins, mistakes and shortcomings because it is measured out according to the riches of God’s grace. Redemption and pardon? Because of Jesus, no problem!
Which God caused to abound (overflow more than sufficiently) toward us, in all wisdom and understanding.
Notice that this has happened, past tense. It is not something we are waiting to happen. God caused redemption to overflow into you, and that redemption includes the following.
One is wisdom, and the other is all understanding. You have wisdom right now within you, an ever-present potential you can tap into by faith. This is a powerful gift of God’s grace through Jesus.
“To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27)
Wisdom means insight into the 'big picture.' Understanding means understanding what to do and when to do it, wisdom applied, the "practical." The two work together for effectiveness.
“So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.” (Mark 11:22)
God’s grace is multifaceted. His mercy and grace do not just eliminate the sin and the problem of guilt, but God's grace is unmerited favor. Both are a part of redemption.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
Even though you have this powerful potential within you, Jesus in us is the hope of glory, we do not focus our faith on ourselves but always on God. It’s that ongoing, loving, living dependence on God that gets the job done!
What a Master Plan! Kept in the mind of God and now revealed in time to Believers. Now, this is something to rejoice and thank God for His wisdom and understanding.
“Heavenly Father, I do not know what You have for my life, but I do know what You have made available for me. It is forgiveness by the birth, life, death,and resurrection of Your son, Jesus. It is because of this, I have confidence and trust in You, knowing I am forgiven and I will spend eternity with You, Father, and with Jesus. Thank You for this unfailing love for me. I know You want the best for me, so I trust Your promises and provisions. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”