God has poured out his grace upon us.
It comes to us in many ways. Here we find it coming in the form of wisdom and prudence. (v.8)
The wisdom and prudence being referred to here is found in the next verse. God has given us a great amount of wisdom and prudence in the revelation of the mystery of His will. (v. 9) He revealed something to the church age that O.T. believers had no idea about.
God did this according to His own goodness. No one pressured God into giving us this great favor. He did it out of the goodness that He purposed in Himself from the beginning. (v.9)
This mystery is defined in verse 10. It is the gathering in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and on earth. They are to be one in Christ.
This is happening right now. Through the church, there is no distinction between Jew and Gentile. We are all one in Christ. That is not to say there is no distinction between God’s chosen people and the church.
The church is not Israel and Israel is not the church. God is still going to finish His plan with His chosen people. But, in the church, both Jews and Gentiles are able to be saved and made into one body under the headship of Christ. (v. 10)
In Christ, through the mystery, we have obtained a privilege/inheritance (v.11). That is that we have been predestined to be to the ones that can/should offer praise for His glory. (v. 11)
Notice the order in verse 11. We are not predestined to an inheritance but because we have obtained an inheritance we become part of the ones that should praise God’s glory. The predestination is a result of obtaining the inheritance. God has predestined that the ones that obtain the inheritance should be the one that praise His name. This is according to His will. (v. 11)
God makes sure we understand the process in verse 12. Paul emphasizes once again that God willed that those who have trusted Christ are privileged to be the ones to praise His glory. (v. 12)
What does this mean to you and I?
Well, in verse 10, Paul uses the word dispensation. That word means stewardship. This mystery that has been revealed to us is something that you and I have been chosen to be stewards over. We are to guard it, and commit it to other faithful men.
In Col 1:25 Paul speaks of his responsibility to the dispensation/stewardship. He says, “Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;”
We (the church) are the ministers of the mystery message. It was a secret but now God wants it to be made known to the world.
Simon played a crucial part in making this stewardship known to the early church.
Acts 15:14 – Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.
The purpose of the mystery is “…to take out of them (Gentiles) a people for his name ( a people that would praise His glory Eph. 1:5,12,14).
Back in the verse we looked at in Col 1:25 we see the purpose of the stewardship it is “to me for you, …”
Who have you shared this mystery with today?
If you know of this mystery are you guarding it?
It was committed to you. Someone thought of you as a faithful person, was that a mistake?
God no longer wants it a secret. The time is right. He wants it published, preached and propagated throughout the world so that there would be a people for His name taken out of every nation!!!