The Economy of God by J. Gresham Machen


The Economy of God by J. Gresham Machen


To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given… to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things. Ephesians 3:8-9, NASB


When we hear about “the administration” or “the economy,” the news can be good or bad. If we are not careful, we can set our hopes on the government or the economy to determine our future well-being. What we forget is that God has an administration, an economy, that rules over all those on earth.


Recommended Reading: Isaiah 46:10


In fact, we get our English word “economy” from the Greek word oikonomia. This word (and related forms) occurs eighteen times in the New Testament, all based on the word oikos, or “household.” So an economy or administration is the overseeing of property, responsibility, a household—or even a national economy—by a group of stewards. (Paul was a steward—an oikonomos—of the grace of God.) Human administrators are just small players in God’s great eternal economy. Our trust is in Him and His “administrative ability,” not in man.


When you read the headlines today, remember Who is really in charge of the economy.


Nothing whatever surprises God; all things that happen are absolutely certain from all eternity because they are all embraced in God’s eternal plan.