"...To The Intent..."
During a trial, lawyers often attempt to determine the intent of the defendant. They try to establish the intent of the accused. Sometimes, the intent of the one accused of the crime is never known, because he/she refuses to reveal what led them to do what they did.
God wanted man to know His intentfor keeping things a mystery and later revealing them through the apostles and prophets. “To the intent that now unto the principalities and the powers in the heavenly places might be known through the church the manifold wisdom of God” (Ephesians 3:10).
God’s intent was to show His manifold wisdom. The work of redemption represents the highest form of intelligence. It is not a work of angels. It is not the work of an power in the heavenly places. God wants us to know His intent for keeping this mystery hidden was to show His wisdom. He is the brains behind atonement, sanctification, salvation, and a redeemer. He is the designer of the church.
What that means is exactly what Galatians 1:8 says. “But though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach unto you any gospel other than that which we preached unto you, let him be accursed.” No one can surpass God’s wisdom.