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Ephesians 5:17 – understand what the will of the Lord is

18-08-2018 - Posted by Andre Piet

Therefore do not become imprudent, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

The days, in which we live, are wicked, so Paul determined in the previous verse. For sailing the right course, wisdom is necessary. Also and mainly to outbuy the opportunity and reach others with the Word. For how could they believe without first hearing?

Paul counts that his readers are wise, and that they don’t go along in the nonsense around them. Earlier he described the nations as “walking, in the vanity of their mind” (4: 17). The opposite of nonsense, is understand. Namely, “understand what the will of the Lord is”. That’s much more than to know what the will of the Lord is. Understanding his will, is also understand why He wants.

In Ephesians 1 we already read about “the secret of his will” (1: 9). It has to do with his plan to head up all in the Christ, in the complement of the eras (1: 10). For God sees each creature. And for He’s GOD, and “all is in accord with the council of his will” (1:10), success is guaranteed. Understanding what the will of the Lord is, enlightens our heart, gives insight and wide overview to GOD’s plan!