GOD’S ETERNAL PURPOSE

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:11-13

“This was according to the eternal purpose that He has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in Him.” (Ephesians 3:11,12)

It is so comforting to know that we have a sovereign God who has an eternal purpose. Earlier in this epistle, Paul wrote these words — “In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will” (Ephesians 1:11). God works out everything according to His eternal purpose.

God’s eternal purpose involves His choosing a people to be His own — “Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless. In love He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will” (Ephesians 1:4,5). God chose us in eternity past and He predestined us to be His adopted sons and daughters. This was in accordance to His eternal purpose.

The sovereign Lord works ALL THINGS according to the counsel of His will, which is another way to describe His eternal purpose. Whatever comes our way is part of God’s grand purpose. This eternal purpose of God is realized in Jesus Christ. In other words, Jesus Christ is at the center of God’s eternal purpose.

Part of God’s eternal purpose is to have a people who bear witness to the manifold wisdom of God — “so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God may now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places” (v. 10). It was God’s plan for the unsearchable riches of Christ to be proclaimed to the Gentiles (v. 8).

We can rejoice and be thankful that we are included in the eternal purpose of God. All of history is moving toward the consummation of all things when Jesus Christ returns and ushers in the new heavens and new earth. According to God’s eternal purpose, we are destined to spend eternity in the new heavens and new earth. We will be glorified with Christ and enjoy eternal fellowship with Him and with one another.

Sovereign Lord, how comforting it is to know that You have an eternal purpose and that You are working all things according to that purpose. Thank You that I am part of Your eternal purpose. Before the foundation of the world, You chose me to be Your adopted son. According to Your eternal purpose, I am destined for glory. I rest in Your sovereignty and know that You work all things according to Your eternal purpose in Christ.

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