Ephesians 1:9
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New International Version
he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,

New Living Translation
God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure.

English Standard Version
making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ

New American Standard Bible
He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him

King James Bible
Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure that He planned in Him

International Standard Version
when he made known to us the secret of his will. This was according to his plan that he set forth in the Messiah

NET Bible
He did this when he revealed to us the secret of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he has taught us the mystery of his will, that which he had before ordained to perform in himself,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
when he revealed the mystery of his plan to us. He had decided to do this through Christ.

Jubilee Bible 2000
having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself,

King James 2000 Bible
Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself:

American King James Version
Having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself:

American Standard Version
making known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he purposed in him

Douay-Rheims Bible
That he might make known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure, which he hath purposed in him,

Darby Bible Translation
having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he purposed in himself

English Revised Version
having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he purposed in him

Webster's Bible Translation
Having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

Weymouth New Testament
when He made known to us the secret of His will. And this is in harmony with God's merciful purpose

World English Bible
making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he purposed in him

Young's Literal Translation
having made known to us the secret of His will, according to His good pleasure, that He purposed in Himself,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:9-14 Blessings were made known to believers, by the Lord's showing to them the mystery of his sovereign will, and the method of redemption and salvation. But these must have been for ever hidden from us, if God had not made them known by his written word, preached gospel, and Spirit of truth. Christ united the two differing parties, God and man, in his own person, and satisfied for that wrong which caused the separation. He wrought, by his Spirit, those graces of faith and love, whereby we are made one with God, and among ourselves. He dispenses all his blessings, according to his good pleasure. His Divine teaching led whom he pleased to see the glory of those truths, which others were left to blaspheme. What a gracious promise that is, which secures the gift of the Holy Ghost to those who ask him! The sanctifying and comforting influences of the Holy Spirit seal believers as the children of God, and heirs of heaven. These are the first-fruits of holy happiness. For this we were made, and for this we were redeemed; this is the great design of God in all that he has done for us; let all be ascribed unto the praise of his glory.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - Having made known unto us the mystery of his will. The wide extent of God's grace was a mystery, i.e. a hidden counsel, before Christ came and died, but it is now made known. In this, and not in the modern sense of mystery, the word μυστήριον is used by Paul. The thing hidden and now revealed was not the gospel, but God's purpose with reference to its limits or sphere (see Ephesians 3:6). According to his good pleasure which he purposed in himself. The whole phraseology denotes that, in this transaction, God was not influenced by any external considerations; the whole reason for it sprang from within. The threefold expression brings this out:

(1) according to his good pleasure (see ver. 5);

(2) he purposed, or formed a purpose;

(3) in himself, without foreign aid, "For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counselor?" (Romans 11:34).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will,.... The Gospel, which is a mystery, a hidden mystery, the mystery of God and of Christ, and the mystery of the Gospel; the several doctrines of it are called the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven; such as are concerning the trinity of persons in the Godhead, the union of the two natures in Christ, his sonship and incarnation, the saints' union and communion with him, the work of the Spirit of God upon the soul, the calling of the Gentiles, and the conversion of the Jews, the resurrection of the dead, and the change of living saints: and the Gospel is the mystery of the will of God; of his will in saving sinners by Christ; and it declares that he does all things in salvation, according to his sovereign will and pleasure; chooses, redeems, justifies, pardons, and calls whom he pleases; and this is made known by the ministry of the word, and by the Spirit, as a spirit of wisdom and revelation, in the knowledge of Christ and his Gospel: the discovery of which is,

according to his good pleasure, which he hath purposed in himself; both with respect to the persons to whom it is made known, and with respect to the time when he makes it known; both these are as he pleases, and as he has purposed in his own breast; the Gospel is sent when and where he has determined within himself it shall go; and persons are called by it according to his purpose and grace.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. "He hath abounded," or "made (grace) to abound toward us" (Eph 1:8), in that He made known to us, namely, experimentally, in our hearts.

the mystery—God's purpose of redemption hidden heretofore in His counsels, but now revealed (Eph 6:19; Ro 16:25; Col 1:26, 27). This "mystery" is not like the heathen mysteries, which were imparted only to the initiated few. All Christians are the initiated. Only unbelievers are the uninitiated.

according to his good pleasure—showing the cause why "He hath made known to us the mystery," namely, His own loving "good pleasure" toward us; also the time and manner of His doing so, are according to His good pleasure.

purposed—(Eph 1:11).

in himself—God the Father. Bengel takes it, "in Him," that is, Christ, as in Eph 1:3, 4. But the proper name, "in Christ," Eph 1:10, immediately after, is inconsistent with His being here meant by the pronoun.

Ephesians 1:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Spiritual Blessings
8which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight 9He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him 10with 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. In Him…
Cross References
Luke 2:14
"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."

Luke 12:32
"Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.

Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 11:25
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in,

Romans 16:25
Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past,

1 Corinthians 1:21
For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

Galatians 1:15
But when God, who set me apart from my mother's womb and called me by his grace, was pleased

Ephesians 1:8
that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding,

Ephesians 1:11
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,

Ephesians 3:3
that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.
Treasury of Scripture

Having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself:

made.

Ephesians 1:17,18 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory…

Ephesians 3:3-9 How that by revelation he made known to me the mystery; (as I wrote …

Matthew 13:11 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know …

Romans 16:25-27 Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, …

1 Corinthians 2:10-12 But God has revealed them to us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches …

Galatians 1:12,16 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by …

Colossians 1:26-28 Even the mystery which has been hid from ages and from generations, …

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was …

according. See on ver.

Ephesians 1:5 Having predestinated us to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ …

purposed.

Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance…

Ephesians 3:11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

Job 23:13,14 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desires, …

Psalm 33:11 The counsel of the LORD stands for ever, the thoughts of his heart …

Isaiah 14:24-27 The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so …

Isaiah 46:10,11 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the …

Jeremiah 2:29 Why will you plead with me? you all have transgressed against me, said the LORD.

Lamentations 3:37,38 Who is he that said, and it comes to pass, when the Lord commands it not…

Acts 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge …

Acts 4:28 For to do whatever your hand and your counsel determined before to be done.

Acts 13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the …

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love …

2 Timothy 1:9 Who has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according …

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