Day 2: Unveiling the Mystery
Read Ephesians 3:7-13
"Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God's grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory."
In these verses, Paul unveils a remarkable mystery that has far-reaching implications for all who believe. Let us explore this passage verse by verse and uncover its profound significance.
In verse 7, Paul describes his own role and purpose in relation to God's grace. He acknowledges himself as a servant or steward entrusted with the Gospel. He recognizes the divine calling upon his life to proclaim the boundless riches of Christ to the Gentiles. Paul's humble acknowledgment of his role as a minister highlights the importance of recognizing our own responsibilities and opportunities to share the Gospel with others. It reminds us that we too are called to be stewards of God's grace in our own spheres of influence.
Paul continues in verse 8, emphasizing the immeasurable nature of God's grace. He marvels at the unfathomable depths of Christ's riches, proclaiming that they are beyond human comprehension. The riches Paul speaks of include salvation, forgiveness, reconciliation, and spiritual blessings in heavenly places. This verse encourages us to continually explore and grasp the full extent of Christ's abundant grace. It invites us to dive deep into our relationship with Him, discovering new dimensions of His love and mercy.
In verse 9, Paul unveils the mystery that has been concealed for ages but is now revealed through Christ. This mystery refers to the inclusion of the Gentiles in God's redemptive plan. In the Old Testament, the idea of Gentiles being fellow heirs of salvation alongside the Jews was not widely understood. However, through Jesus' life, death, and resurrection, this mystery is brought to light. The Gospel breaks down the barriers of ethnicity, culture, and social status, offering salvation to all who believe. This profound truth calls us to embrace unity, inclusivity, and love for all people, irrespective of their background.
Verse 10 further reveals the purpose behind the mystery of the Gospel. It declares that God's intention is to make known His manifold wisdom through the Church to the spiritual authorities in heavenly realms. The Church, united in Christ, serves as a testimony to God's wisdom and redemptive plan. This verse highlights the significance of the Church as a visible expression of God's kingdom on Earth, bearing witness to His grace and wisdom. It inspires believers to live in a manner worthy of their calling, exemplifying God's love and unity.
In the final verses of this section (11-13), Paul emphasizes the confidence and boldness that believers can have in approaching God. Through faith in Christ, we have access to the Father. Paul encourages us not to lose heart or be discouraged by the challenges we face. He reminds us that our sufferings and hardships are a part of God's plan, serving a higher purpose. Our trials can refine our faith, deepen our reliance on God's strength, and bring glory to Him. This passage reassures us that we can approach God with confidence, knowing that we are part of His eternal plan and that He is always with us.
Let's make it applicable: What can you do this week to exemplify God's love and unity among fellow believers, and among non-believers? Make an effort to pick one thing that shows God's love, then do it this week.
You came for all. And You chose us to be part of sharing You with everyone. Please show me where I can be Your light this week, both with fellow believers and with those who don't yet believe. And give me the courage to be that light. Amen.