The Mystery of His Will
A Sermon on Ephesians 1:8-9
which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ (ESV)
Can man discover the mysteries of God? Does God hide His will from mankind? As the Apostle Paul expands his teaching on God’s grace, he moves from election and predestination to “mystery." This mystery, warns Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, is no incomprehensible mystery as taught in the ancient religions, reserved only for a select few. Nor is it a vague teaching, antithetical to propositional truth as many contemporary Christian movements want to make it. Instead biblical mystery is something hidden from natural man, yet God has fully revealed it. It is an open secret which sinful humanity cannot see. It is a truth that God must reveal to individuals. This has great implications for evangelism. The gospel is comprehensible to anyone, no matter their intellect, as long as God reveals it to them. Lloyd-Jones insists that this is the work of the Holy Spirit; he opens the eyes of men and women to the revelation of Jesus Christ in the Scriptures. Faith is not opposed to reason, but reason alone cannot bring someone to God. The mind of a man, at its best, is irrelevant; God must bring them to this truth. We desperately need His grace!