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Ephesians 1:9

    Ephesians 1:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Having made clear to us the secret of his purpose, in agreement with the design which he had in mind, to put into his hands

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

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

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on Ephesians 1:9

    Having made known unto us the mystery - That the Gentiles should ever be received into the Church of God, and have all the privileges of the Jews, without being obliged to submit to circumcision, and perform the rites and ceremonies of the Jewish law was a mystery - a hidden thing which had never been published before; and now revealed only to the apostles. It was God's will that it should be so, but that will he kept hidden to the present time. A mystery signifies something hidden, but it ceases to be a mystery as soon as it is revealed. See the note on Matthew 13:11; and particularly that on Romans 11:25 (note).

    Good pleasure - Την ευδοκιαν· That benevolent design which he had purposed in himself, not being induced by any consideration from without.

    Barnes' Notes on Ephesians 1:9

    Having made known to us the mystery of his will - The word "mystery" (μυστήριον mustērion) means literally something into which one must be "initiated" before it is fully known (from μυέω mueō, to initiate, to instruct); and then anything which is concealed or hidden. We commonly use the word to denote that which is above our comprehension or unintelligible. But this is never the meaning of the word in the New Testament. It means there some doctrine or fact which has been concealed, or which has not before been fully revealed, or which has been set forth only by figures and symbols. When the doctrine is made known, it may be as clear and plain as any other. Such was the doctrine that God meant to call the Gentiles, which was long concealed, at least in part, and which was not fully made known until the Saviour came, and which had been until that time "a mystery - a concealed truth" - though when it was revealed, there was nothing incomprehensible in it. Thus, in Colossians 1:26, "The mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints." So it was in regard to the doctrine of election. It was a mystery until it was made known by the actual conversion of those whom God had chosen. So in regard to the incarnation of the Redeemer; the atonement; the whole plan of salvation. Over all these great points there was a veil thrown, and people did not understand them until God revealed them. When they were revealed, the mystery was removed, and men were able to see clearly the manifestation of the will of God.

    Which he hath purposed in himself - Without foreign aid or counsel. His purposes originated in his own mind, and were concealed until he chose to make them known; see 2 Timothy 1:9.

    Wesley's Notes on Ephesians 1:9

    1:9 Having made known to us - By his word and by his Spirit. The mystery of his will - The gracious scheme of salvation by faith, which depends on his own sovereign will alone. This was but darkly discovered under the law; is now totally hid from unbelievers; and has heights and depths which surpass all the knowledge even of true believers.