Ephesians 1:7-9: “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:”
Redemption means to buy back. The thing that God used to pay back has to have value, and that is His blood. “Through his blood, the forgiveness of sins.” No matter how many sins you have committed, the blood of Jesus Christ has eliminated all of them. The forgiveness of sins is a part of His grace.
People like John Macarthur think that the blood of Jesus Christ is not that important, it is the death of Jesus Christ, but that’s not true. We are cautioned to be mindful of this scholastic mindset.
God gave so much to us, not only salvation but also in giving wisdom and prudence. Therefore, when praying to the Lord, focus on the riches of His grace; that way the Lord can give one things when they pray. If one lacks wisdom, pray for it.
James 1:5: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Wisdom is knowing how to use knowledge/experience.
Knowledge is gaining a lot of information.
Just because one might know more Bible than the Pastor does not mean they have more wisdom than he does.
Prudence is being careful before you say or do something. An example of prudence is if one does soul-winning to a Catholic who is lost, they have wisdom enough to not kick over a Mary statue. One focuses on getting them saved by giving the gospel and trusting in Christ as their savior.
In the last verse, we read, “Having made known unto us the mystery of his will.” So, God made known to the Christian the mystery of His will, based on the wisdom and prudence one gained. All the riches of His grace, all the spiritual blessings, and salvation by grace are made known to a Christian.
Pauline epistles are important to understand Christian doctrines. God made all these mysteries for a Christian to know. There’s a connection between Ephesians 1 and Romans 8 about spiritual blessings. A Calvinist may argue that it’s about predestination, but a Bible believer should know that we all have free will.