Ephesians 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself.
God has a destiny for every born again Believer. Destiny means to determine beforehand or a predetermined course of events. There are specific things and events He planned to take place in our life and He has specific purposes He wants to accomplish through us. This is not the same as fate where you have no choice and it will happen automatically without our choice in the matter.
Ephesians 1:9 describes this destiny with three words He uses in this verse: mystery, will, and purposed. “Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself.”
We are a part of God’s Will – what He determined and decreed shall be v. 9.
We are a part of God’s Eternal Purpose – what He intended, planned, and aimed at v. 9.
We are a part of God’s Hidden Mystery – what was a secret but now revealed v. 9.
In the counsels of the Trinity, an Eternal Covenant was made in eternity past before the foundation of the world. It was the Covenant of Redemption and it is in this Eternal Covenant that God chose us; willed and purposed us as a member of the Body of Christ, the Church (read Ephesians 1:4, 5, 9-11, 22, 23). God has had a claim on your life (like Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:5) prior to birth, marriage, children, business pursuit or career. It actually began before the foundation of the world and was a part of the hidden mystery of the Church once kept secret but now revealed Ephesians 3:1-11. It is in this place of destiny we will find all the right relationships, opportunities, and blessings God has prepared for us.
We have been destined by God’s ultimate intention for our life as the Body of Christ. In this Body also called the Church:
Jesus is the Head (Ephesians 1:22, 23; Colossians 1:18).
It is a Body of many members (1 Corinthians 12:12, 14, 27).
All members have a place (1 Corinthians 12:18).
All members have a function (Ephesians 4:16).
All members have gifts and grace for their place and function (Romans 12:6).
All members are to be good stewards of the manifold grace of God (1 Peter 4:10).
All members are to occupy (do business for; busy oneself with work) until He comes (Luke 19:10).
This is the real organization of the Church; it is the Body of Christ. What God did through a Body called Jesus He wants to now do through a Body called the Church. Romans 13:11 says, “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” It is time to find our place of destiny in the Body of Christ and begin to function.