If the New Testament books are the Himalayas and Romans is Mount Everest, Ephesians is K2! I love this book! Having finished the Gospel of Mark, I am now studying Paul’s great letter to the church at Ephesus. This morning I noticed afresh the word “kind.” Verse five reads, “He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will.” In the ninth verse, Paul wrote “he made known to us the mystery of His will, according to the kind intention which He purposed in Him.” Munch on that. In eternity past, God decided He would be kind in time and space. Awesome! We need to reject any concept of a detached, emotion-less deity making arbitrary decisions at whim! Instead, the Bible proclaims an engaged, emotion-filled God making consciously specific decisions for His glory (Eph. 1:6, 12, 14) and the temporal and eternal good of His people (1:3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 13)! Yes, this chapter contains some amazing meat (Heb. 5:12-14). Predestination is a topic for the mature. But this passage is also overflowing with milk and honey! “In love, He predestined us…” (1:4, 5). His decisions were kind (1:5, 9). My friends, doesn’t this section of Scripture prove the axiom: “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8)? Indeed, it does! If you are an adopted child of God (1:5), enjoy the milk and honey. Then, savor the meat. Finally, conclude with praise!
Reflections on the Quest: Tasting God