Eph. 1:9a Rich In Reality part 9
Captivate in Our Riches in Our Savior v.7-12
Excite Us With What We Are Shown v.9-10
Identify His Secrets v.9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will,
God reveals His secrets to us, shows us how He feels toward us and these choice implications of His emotions and heart for us is illuminated. There is a general sense in which all of truth is a mystery for it is not intellectually comprehensible but unveiled and illuminated by the Spirit of God.
ICor.2: 14 But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Each of us in our natures are influenced and controlled by instincts, intuition and impulses. In Proverbs 3:5-6 we are told to
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.
This word, own understanding, which we’re not to lean on, is the thought of human logic. We have logic and we get all enamored about thinking a thing through, talking it out, writing it down, but our logic is opposed to God’s logic.
In Isaiah 55:6-8 we’re told:
Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
Our thoughts at their best are so far short of God’s thoughts and what we think will work out the best is so often oppositional and contradictory to the weavings of God’s tapestry. The question of our conflagrations about contradictions is stymied in the fact that the principle of contradiction is based on man’s logic?
Can we place what’s contradictory to us next to what’s contradictory to God? That’s an easy one really that two contradictory statements can’t be true. The whole issue of saying that truth is contradictory is a failure to identify that God is the only being that is Logical.
God is true and every man is a liar. In the beginning was the word, the Logos or logic and the logos or logic is God. God’s truth is not contradictory, nor is it conflicting, incongruous, ambiguous or inconsistently paradoxical.
No we are the ones who are at odds and the opposition and the clash we’re banging at are our minds and thoughts don’t jive with His mind and thoughts. God is rational we are irrational, God is reasonable we are unreasonable, God is wise and we are foolish.
We can say that God’s revelation, His word as a whole is a mystery but in reality we’re the mystery for thinking God is a mystery and stupidly rejecting God.
God in love would not reject us, will not refuse us and has designed to receive us and make us rich in what is so mysterious to us, which is His will and decisive actions for us.
The Bible is not a mystery or a paradox, we are and our thoughts, feelings and behavior are. Para means contrary and doxa is opinion or thought.
God doesn’t have contrary thoughts and opinions we do. These are reasons not to lean on our own understanding. Often we hear someone say God didn’t answer my prayer.
He actually did answer our prayer; the problem is that we’re leaning on the incorrect comprehension so we don’t understand the answer.
We are only rich with reality because God has made known unto us the mystery of his will.
Proverbs informs us: For the Lord gives wisdom: out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding. This is where we show our real belief.
Wisdom, knowledge and understanding come from his mouth. Out of His mouth is a phrase that is representative of illumination, interpretation and application of His word.
Why waste time with other mouths when God’s mouth is the only one that’s productive in explaining the mysteries of life? Everything else is fantasy and fiction which lead to flights of imagination in the whims of futility, pointlessness and hollowness.
In recap we are blessed in the wealth of God’s wonders and the magnification of His mysteries are manifested to us through His loving patience and persistent enlightening explanations. He draws us to seek Him where He can be found in His words of wonder where He makes known unto us the mystery of his will,.