“Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself: That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him” (Eph. 1:9,10).
As terrorism spreads into our once tranquil lives and conflict heats up in the Middle East, troubled people are beginning to ask, “How far will it go? Are we headed for destruction, another national tragedy?” Those who know the Bible have the answer to these questions and many more. They are little disturbed by the seeming progression of evil, knowing that God has a plan and is working that plan.
Paul, the apostle of the Gentiles, writes by divine revelation when he assures us that God has already made known to us “the mystery of His will” and how it relates to the completion of His plan—“the dispensation of the fullness of times.” What does Paul mean by these terms, and why are people still in the dark regarding them? Let us begin with an explanation of these key phrases, and let related Scriptures shed additional light on the issue.
This article was published by the Berean Bible Society in the free monthly Bible study magazine,The Berean Searchlight. We have included a few paragraphs of the article here, but you can read the entire article using the link above.