The Mystery of God’s Will
The Mystery of God’s Will
Everything that God does is towards His vision (the end result). We find ourselves at a certain time in history (His story), but His vision has been declared from the very beginning, before the world began. God’s vision is also referred to as God’s will, God’s plan and purpose, God’s counsel, God’s pleasure or the wisdom of God.
Declaring the end and the result from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure and purpose,
Isaiah 46:10 (AMP)
From the beginning, God intended for man to see His Vision and understand His purpose, but when man sinned and his eyes were “opened” to good and evil (Death), his eyes were “blinded” to God’s vision (Life). As the man and the woman ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they exchanged God’s wisdom for the wisdom of the world, God’s vision for no vision, life for death.
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Genesis 3:5-6 (KJV)
All throughout history man was oblivious to God’s vision. The prophets caught glimpses of it, but still it remained hidden. The twelve hand-picked disciples initially failed to grasp it. God’s vision had to remain hidden until it was fulfilled. If the mystery was not hidden, then the whole plan and purpose of God would have been in jeopardy. If this secret had been revealed prematurely it could have derailed the greatest event in human history and Jesus would not have been crucified. Praise God that it remained hidden and God’s Vision was fulfilled on the cross. (We will be taking a detailed look at the cross in a later chapter.)
Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to naught: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
1Corinthians 2:6-8 (KJV)
After the work of the cross was completed and God’s vision was fulfilled, it was time for the revelation of the age old mystery. Eyes that had been opened by the legalistic knowledge of good and evil, right and wrong had to be blinded and eyes which where blind to God’s vision had to be opened.
And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
John 9:39 (KJV)
As Jesus walked with two of His followers on the road to Emmaus, He revealed the scriptures to them…
And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
Luke 24:31 (KJV)
When God called Saul, a Pharisee who was rooted in the law (good and evil, right and wrong), He first blinded him (with the Light from Heaven) on the road to Damascus and then restored new sight to him through Ananias before sending him (Paul) to the gentiles…
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Acts 26:18 (KJV)
Paul was called to reveal the mystery by opening the “blind eyes”.
Making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will (of His plan, of His purpose). [And it is this:] In accordance with His good pleasure (His merciful intention) which He had previously purposed and set forth in Him,
Ephesians 1:9 (AMP)
Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
Ephesians 3:5 (KJV)
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
Ephesians 3:9-10 KJV)
The message which Paul proclaimed was nothing other than God’s original plan and purpose.
Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
Romans 16:25-26 (KJV)
Paul’s gospel, the preaching of Jesus, the revelation of the mystery, the scriptures of the prophets and the commandment of God are all in harmony, all in accord.
There are many references to the mystery in the New Testament:
The mystery of the kingdom of heaven (Matt 13:11)
The mystery of the kingdom of God (Mark 4:11)
The mystery of His will (Eph 1:9)
The mystery of Christ (Eph 3:4)
The mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ (Col 2:2)
The mystery of the gospel (Eph 6:19)
The mystery of faith (1 Tim 3:9)
The mystery of godliness (1Tim 3:16)
The mystery of Christ and the church (Eph 5:32)
The mystery of God (Rev 10:7)
The strange thing is that even today, after nearly 2000 years, many people still don’t see or understand God’s vision. Many Christians, even church leaders, who read the Bible daily don’t see it! God’s vision, God’s wisdom, God’s will has been fulfilled at the cross, but many people must still receive the revelation of the mystery. If our eyes are still focussed on the worldly wisdom of good and evil, and our ears still attentive to the lies of the serpent, then our hearts will still be darkened and in need of light.