Ephesians 3:8- (ESV)
8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
Why does God do what he does? Why is God’s way the way that it is? Why is God’s plan what it is?
We sometimes consider those questions, though God has already told us the rationale behind why he does what he does in the way that he does. In Ephesians 3, Paul is telling us of his ministry and calling. Paul rejoices that he has been called to make known, even to the gentiles, the full plan of God. He calls that plan a mystery, hidden in years past and now brought to light. God’s mystery is that Christ is the way that fallen people are rescued and made into God’s people, and this happens regardless of whether they are Jews or gentiles.
As Paul talks about this mystery of God in the salvation of the lost and the forming of the church from all nations, he gives us the reason that God has done things this way. Paul says that the reason is so that “the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places”
So, why does God do what he does in the way that he does? God does what he does in the way that he does in order that his glorious wisdom, his matchless perfection, might be seen by the surrounding heavenly beings. God has chosen to save and to judge in the way that he has chosen to save and to judge in order to demonstrate his holiness for the universe to see.
We do not need to ask God any further “why” questions behind his choices. He has done what he has done in the way that he has done so in order to demonstrate his glory. He created you and me in order to demonstrate his glory. He judges sin in order to demonstrate his glory. He sacrificed Christ in order to rescue people so that he might demonstrate his glory. He raised Christ from the dead for the sake of his glory. He judges those not in Christ in order that he might demonstrate his glory. All that God does is a method for him to show the entirety of creation his magnificence, his beauty, his justice, his power, his wonder, his glory.
What then do you and I need to do? We need to shine as much light as we can on the glory of God. We obey commands that the world around us thinks are irrelevant in our modern culture in order to demonstrate for the watching universe the glory of God. We believe the promises of God as a way to show his glory. We love one another and live in kindness to show the glory of God. We, as a church, call people to repent of sin for the sake of the glory of God.
This should also give us confidence to stand on the word of God in the face of social opposition. God has called us to a kind of life and ethic that is different than the world around us. The world even declares that we are on the wrong side of history in the way that we think about certain things. This too is God acting for his glory. We have an opportunity to demonstrate God’s greatness by continuing to believe his word, even when a watching world rejects it.
Let us make every aspect of our lives about finding joy and meaning in the manifest glory of God. Let us be about living so that God’s plan is clearly seen. Let us join our Lord in showing the universe how great he really is.