It is God’s intent and pleasure

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Muhan Samuel Yu

Austin, TX, United States

It is God’s intent and pleasure

That His Christ be all in me;

Nothing outwardly possessing,

But His Christ eternally


Thanh Le

San Francisco, California, United States

Nothing outward as religion, nothing as outward practises, not just outward to serve Him, BUT CHRIST WITHIN TO BE, BUT CHRIST WORKING INWARDLY, BUT CHRIST GROWING INWARDLY. Praise the Lord, we already have our beloved Christ as Spirit who indwells in us. Amen.

God is not interested in our enjoying Him merely as a good taste. His good pleasure is for Christ to be revealed in us, to live in us, to be formed in us, to make His home in us, to be assimilated by us, and to become us (Gal. 1:15-16; 2:20; 4:19; Eph. 3:17; Hymns, #538). This is accomplished by our eating of Christ (John 6:57). Every day and all day long we need to eat Jesus until He becomes us by being digested and assimilated in us.

God's good pleasure is what makes God happy. It is what God likes, what pleases God. We have a hymn in our hymnal which speaks of God's intent and pleasure (see Hymns, #538). God has predestinated us unto sonship according to the good pleasure of His will (Eph. 1:5). This means that God likes to have sons. His predestination is unto sonship. Unto means for or in view of. God's predestination of us is for His sonship or in view of His sonship. God is happy and glad about gaining sons. It is His good pleasure to have us as His sons.

God has made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Himself (Eph. 1:9). First, there is God's will, second God's purpose, and third God's pleasure.