Posted: July 1, 2004
A Study of Positional Truths
Let us continue our study of Positional Truths in Ephesians 1:9-10. In
our study of the Word of God, we must study the ‘words’ in the Word of
God. It is only then that we can say we have studied to show ourselves
approved and rightly divided the Word.
Our first verse of study says, “Having made known unto us the mystery of
His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed
The phrase, “Having
has the idea of causing to hold in the possession of ones
understanding. The Lord through our mental capacity has caused us to
mystery of His will.
The word, mystery, is the revealing of a previously hidden secret. The
secret has been hidden in His will. The word, will, means a desire
based on the emotions of the heart.
Their revealing is
according to His good pleasure which He
purposed in Himself. The
word, according, means to dominate. Our Lord has been dominated by the
good pleasure of His will to reveal this mystery to His people. The
word, good pleasure, means to do that which will contribute the most
blessed well being to another. This mystery which will be such a
blessed revelation was purposed in Himself. The idea of purposed, is to
originate and determine before hand in the mind.
In verse ten we are confronted with the mystery. The Bible says, “That
in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in
one all things
both which are in heaven and which are on the earth even
is made up of two words, house and law. The thought is one who
administrates or has the oversight of all the house.
The Lord is seen as having the oversight of the
fullness of time. This word sees a period in time after a long slow ripening, without
observation of others, has come to maturity. This maturity gives birth
to a grand and decisive event.
The event will be the gathering together in one of all things in
Christ. The phrase,
to gather together,
has the idea to bring again to the original state. In Paul’s writings
he speaks of this gathering as of being caught up together. There will
come a ripeness when time will give birth to a catching away of God’s
people. We will ever be with and in the Lord. Just think, to be in
Him. There will be only one in heaven, Christ our Lord. All of us who
are saved will be in Him. All through the ages, Christ has been beside
himself with anticipation, to reveal this mystery of oneness with Him.
We know not when time will ripen to maturity. The clock of fullness is
ticking. Let us remember our Lord’s admonition from the gospels. “Be
ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of Man
cometh.” Then our position in Him will not be by faith but by actual
sight. We will be literally in Him forever. Tick Tock!