Monday Devotions – God’s will

Scripture: Ephesians 1:3-10

God’s will is mysterious. We often wonder what God is doing in and around us.  In Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church, he helps to reveal the mystery of God’s will to the Christians there. Paul claims that God’s plan, since the beginning, has been to unite all things in Christ, things of heaven and earth (1:10).  After Adam and Eve sinned, all life fell apart and became subject to sin. No longer were all things living in harmony in the Garden of Eden, but instead death and separation from God entered the world.

To bring all things back to himself or to reconcile all things to himself, God sent Jesus, a sacrifice for all sin and the example of a new way to live.  Through Jesus, we can become children of God, redeemed  and forgiven of our sins by the grace of God (1:7). Because of what God has done in Jesus, we praise, honor, and thank him for his will and grace in our lives (1:3). By following what Jesus taught, we can join in God’s will that has been from the beginning. In our school, how can we promote and exemplify unity and reconciliation, rather than promote anger, hate, bitterness, and many other things that break relationships?

Ntate Neo

Other notes and ideas that I did not write to the teachers:

Interesting that in this text, Paul seems to give a compelling argument for reformed theology in the sense that God has chosen all who are Christians before the creation of the world and sent Jesus to redeem those that he has chosen, but I am uncertain if this is the best way of interpreting this particular text. Paul is praising God for all of the blessings he has provided in Christ to his followers (1:3). He also praises Him for His choosing in Christ before the world was created those who would be saved, so we should also be thankful that God has chosen us and predestined us for adoption through Jesus into His family (1:4-5). He has done this so that we would praise him for his grace in Jesus, which he has provided for us through the blood of Jesus (1:6-7).  Through this salvation, God is making known to us more what his will is in Christ:to unite all things, including his old and new creation at the end of time (1:10).

What Paul might be saying is that since the beginning of the world and the creation of humans, God chose humans as those beings that would be holy, blameless, and in right relationship with him for all of time, but we messed that up in the fall when Adam and Eve ate the fruit in the Garden of Eden (1:4).

In response to our disobedience and wandering from his will because he gave us the free will to do so, God sent Jesus and used his sacrifice as a path of adoption for we who had separated ourselves from him (1:5). For his response, we praise his grace, which he has given to us in full in Jesus (1:6).  Through Jesus, God has forgiven our sins according to his rich and abundant grace (1:7), which he has lavished or given generously to us (1:8). By bringing reconciliation to us and showing us how to bring reconciliation with others through the life of Jesus, he has revealed to us the mystery of his will, which is unity in all things through Christ (1:10). God wants to restore what life was like in the beginning when he purposed that humans would be in right relationship with him.

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~ by randallkoehler on February 2, 2012.

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