I heard, “Step Out! You will not be disappointed!”
Yes, Discovering Christ in Ephesians.
We saw in our last discussion that we have The Gift of Redemption and The Gift Forgiveness of Sins. Wherefore, today we cannot help but stay forgiven.
“Having made known unto us the mystery of His Will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in himself,” Ephesians 1:9.
O’ the privileged believers. There are many mysteries in The Gospel of God but there is the mystery housing the other mysteries.
This mystery of The Gospel has been hid from the foundation of the world, but today God has “made known unto us the mystery of His Will….”
This mystery was hid from generations, but today we are are so privileged;
“Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints,” Colossians 1:26.
And what is this mystery?
“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,” Colossians 1:27.
Christ in us? Yes — God is dwelling today in the bodies of mortal men. Today God is manifest in the flesh of His creation.
The moment we receive Jesus, we cease to exist, our old man dies, and God comes down to live in us to fulfill His Purposes. This is the greatest mystery ever told.
The Sovereign LORD, The Creator of The Heavens and The Earth, is now living in mortal men. You are not common, not every one is privileged to house The Living God!
This is how we are reconciled to God, which is why hear apostle continue;
“That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him,” Ephesians 1:10.
O’ today we are in the fullness of the times and God is gathering in Christ all things. This is the time of the reconciliation of all things.
The statement “both which are in heaven…” does not imply the Angels of God were out of fellowship with God, but in Christ whatsoever God began is fulfilled. He is The Beginning and The End of the things of God.
Wherefore having manifested, God has willed all things to the Son, both which are in heaven and which are on the earth.
Then we hear;
“In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will,” Ephesians 1:11.
Observe the statement “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance…” Obtained an inheritance?
The average Christian is daily struggling to earn something. We want to do something to earn the inheritance. But its all an illusion, we have already obtained the inheritance. Whatsoever we need in life God has given to us in Christ.
Christ is the inheritance. In him dwells the fullness of divinity and we are complete in him. Christ is the things of God. Ours is to pursue after the knowledge of Christ, for to know Christ is to enjoy the fullness of God.
Observe again “being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will….”
Again the apostle affirms here The Doctrine of Predestination. We are all predestined according to God’s Purpose.
If we are truly predestined according to The Purpose of God, then we cannot fail for the purpose of God cannot be defeated. It immutable, unchangeable and unalterable;
“Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath,” Hebrews 6:17.
This is why the apostle continues with this shocking statement “who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will….”
Not one thing is left to man’s control. God is the universal and absolute sovereign. This is why God’s purposes cannot be defeated. He is in charge, working all things after the counsel of His Own Will.
Many who cannot understand the reason behind most of the works of God deny this Scripture, and go with ‘reason’. Our experience matters nothing, but The Word of God is the only Truth.
It is not left to us to know all things now but it is left to us believe all The Word says.
God is the one working all things, spiritually and physically after the counsel of His Own Will. Nothing is left out for nothing has escaped or overpowered The Arm of The LORD.
This is why we hear this verse in Hebrews;
“Who being the brightness of His Glory, and the express image of His Person, and upholding all things by The Word of His Power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of The Majesty on high,” Hebrews 1:3.
The word used above for upholding is the Greek word ‘φέρω’ phero which means to bear or to carry (Strong’s Concordance G5342)
The government of the entire world is upon the shoulders of Jesus, The Word. He is bearing it on His Shoulders, carrying the entire spiritual and physical universe to His predetermined Goal. Our God is working all things after the counsel of His Own Will.
Observe this “by The Word of His Power…” to deny that God is working all things after the counsel of His Own Will is to deny The Power of His Word. You are totally denying the efficacy of God’s Word.
The Amplified Version renders this verse so alarming;
“The Son is the radiance and only expression of the glory of [our awesome] God [reflecting God’s Shekinah glory, the Light-being, the brilliant light of the divine], and the exact representation and perfect imprint of His [Father’s] essence, and upholding and maintaining and propelling all things [the entire physical and spiritual universe] by His powerful word [carrying the universe along to its predetermined goal]. When He [Himself and no other] had [by offering Himself on the cross as a sacrifice for sin] accomplished purification from sins and established our freedom from guilt, He sat down [revealing His completed work] at the right hand of the Majesty on high [revealing His Divine authority],” Hebrews 1:3.
The problem is that man most times feel God’s will should correspond to our human thinking. We are like soldiers, the orders of the word is that God is in control of all things, He is carrying all things to the fulfillment of His immutable Plan, we believe The Word and deny everything outside of it.
Knowing God is in absolute Control is the bedrock for a solid.
Many a brother may say, “Yes Pastor, that’s what the word says, but look at this, look at that, is that really God?”
May we trust in The LORD with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding.
I am currently working on resources that go into depth of most of the things I share. By God’s grace, I believe before the year runs out I should putting out some of these invaluable resources to help us better established in these present truths.
Today our lives are just to be to the praise of The Glory of The Grace of God. That’s actually the reason for our existence.
“That we should be to the praise of His Glory, who first trusted in Christ,” Ephesians 1:12.
Beloved, Your God is in Charge, be not perturbed, The Sovereign LORD is working all things after the counsel of his own will upon your life.
Father I thank you for loving me, thank you for revealing the mystery of your will to me.
Today I know and confess that Christ is in me, I have the hope of Glory in me, I will be fearful.
I declare I am reconciled to God, reconciled to the love and goodness of my God, according to your immutable counsel, purposed not in my works but in yourself.
I thank you for this will of salvation upon my life, thank you that this mystery is unveiled to me, I know I am predestined to salvation and not to wrath nor death.
Therefore I declare, I will not die, I will not fail, I will not be anxious, for My God is working all things after the counsel of his will upon my life, for I am a vessel of glory created to be to the praise of the glory of His Grace.
In an encounter with The LORD I saw a child of God who was in a strait, locked up between two options. I saw that The LORD has been leading you to take on new territory, but I saw you wondering if this was God, for it was actually looking huge in your eyes.
Then a scene appeared where I saw this child of God in this new territory, God had fast tracked things supernaturally.
Things he thought would be difficult The LORD made a smooth path, doors opened and things grew so fast this Child of God was so amazed.
I was led to;
“For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to The LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off,” Isaiah 55:12-13.
Then I heard, “Listen to Me My Child, I AM in your heart, I AM in the core of your desires. Do not be afraid of the cost of stepping out on what My Spirit is laying on your heart.
The Joy you experience when you turn your heart towards what you are perceiving, I AM saying is actually the strength I have reserved for you to run with in taking the new territory I have prepared for you.
Do not be afraid, step out! You will not be disappointed. This is My Sign to you, instead of shame, you shall encounter My Glory”
Blessings in Christ,
~ Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church.
Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua is the founder and lead pastor of Living Hill Christian Church headquartered in Nigeria, which has a vision to restore the earth with the gospel of God’s grace. Called to be a pastor, he functions in the Healing/ Prophetic/ Teaching/ Music and Writing Ministries. He releases Prophetic Words to encourage the body of Christ on the Church’s blog.