Here is a brief post on part of Ephesians 1:15-23. Odds-on you will remember that Paul opened the letter with a resounding praise of the Father for his total work of salvation, from before the foundation of the world to the time the promise is kept, to the praise of his glorious grace. It is important to note that all three members of the Trinity are included in Paul’s opening praise in Ephesians 1:1-14: (1) The Father is praised for administrating our salvation. (2) The Son is praised for accomplishing our salvation. And (3) The Holy Spirit is praised for applying and sealing us in our salvation.
Ephesians 1:15-23 includes Paul’s thanksgiving and prayer for the ones in Ephesus who listened to the gospel and have believed. He begins with the words “For this reason” and goes on to thank God for the local body, which was made possible by God’s work of salvation, which he began before the foundation of the world! I hope this makes you eager to study this great text! One verse that I have been thinking a lot about, and praying for our readers is: “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him” (1:17). “Spirit of wisdom and of revelation” in this verse are significant words because we only know about these things when God reveals them to us. God does not make everything known to us. This is what the Preacher in Ecclesiastes means when he writes, “Consider the work of God; who can make straight what he has made crooked?” (Eccl. 7:13). It is a poetic way of saying, “Who can know about what God has made unknowable?”
There is a line in one of my favorite songs, where one of the vocalists sings, “You only know what I want you to.” If I get nothing else across in this post, I hope you are awestruck by this: were it not for God making known the mystery of his preplanned salvation to us, we could not know it. But God has made it known! “In all wisdom and insight,” Paul says, “He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in [Christ] with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth” (Eph. 1:8b-10).
I hope that gets you excited about the gospel!