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Explanation of Ephesians 3:9

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Someone questioning the explanation of Ephesians 3: 9. 

I have taken the liberty to address the issue of “Hid in God” in the hope it will give you a deeper understanding of truth – rightly divided.  Please understand I am NOT trying to get you to believe what I believe.  I am only trying to give you another perspective of the passage in the hopes that you can 1.) Solidify your belief, or 2.) That you will have found something that will assist you as you study.

Let’s look at the passage: “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been HID IN GOD, who created all things by Jesus Christ.”

There are several passage of Scripture that speak of “things” that happened:

1.)     Before the foundation of the world,

2.)     From the beginning of the world,

3.)     Since the world began

Before we can understand completely what they all mean, we need to define what foundation of the world means. I am sure you will agree that this is the time before the first creation of the world, Genesis 1: 1, when God created heaven and earth. Many Biblical scholars think that there was a time lapse between Genesis 1: 1 and Genesis 1: 2. Because Isaiah 45: 18 states “For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it, He created it not in vain: I am the Lord and there is none else.: The Hebrew word for vain in this passage is Tohuw, which is translated formless, confusion, emptiness.

And Genesis 1: 2 says; “And the earth was without form and void…” the word void is the Hebrew word tohuw. If God did not created the word in confusion and empty, something, or someone must have caused it to become desolate. We believe that Satan was kicked out of heaven and cast down to the earth, made havoc of God’s beautiful created and God had to destroy it and start all over again, which He did beginning in Genesis 1: 3.

Now lets look at some of the verse we find in Scripture concerning time before creation.

“Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.” John 17: 24

We know for a certainty that Jesus was with God before the beginning of the world, right?

John 1: 1: “In the beginning (of time) was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1: 14: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…” Jesus is the Word, right? Then Jesus was made flesh, right?

Even though Jesus is called the Word, and even though He is God, the two are separate, right? 1 John 5: 7: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” You will notice that this passage distinguished between the Word and the Father. So the Father did not become flesh, the Son did. That is why Peter could write: “Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you” 1 Peter1: 20

So then, when Paul says: “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:” Ephesians 1: 4, who was he speaking of? The answer is the Church the Body of Christ.  Paul was an apostle of the mystery.

If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward. How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all [men] see what [is] the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:” Ephesians 3: 2-9

What does this say?

1.)              The dispensation of Grace was committed unto Paul.

2.)              It was reveal unto him as a mystery (secret)

3.)              Before this revelation of the mystery, no other human knew about it.

4.)              Why? Because it was hid in God from the beginning of the world.

Now the mystery was much more than this one thing.  Paul says there were some things hid in the scripture but kept secret until God chose to reveal them to Paul

Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,” Romans 16: 25

Why would god have men write down words in the Scripture they could not understand?   “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden [wisdom], which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known [it], they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” 1 Corinthians 2: 7-8

The answer is clear, isn’t it?  If God had allowed others to understand what was written in Isaiah 53 for example, Satan would not have convince the Jews to kill Jesus. And apart from the death of Christ we could not be saved. This is just one of the things “the Mystery committed unto Paul” entailed.

One last thing about “hid in God.” The church the body of Christ was chosen before the creation of heaven and earth.

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:” Ephesians 1: 4.

The word foundation in the Greek is katabole and means overthrow or destruction.

So, to paraphrase: He has chosen us (The Church the Body of Christ) before the overthrow of Satan and the subsequent destruction of the earth.