Chapter 3 of Ephesians begins with Paul telling us that he is a minister for Christ among the Gentiles, and that he is charged with presenting the mystery of the gospel. This mystery was not fully known or understood until Christ came bringing His message of redemption for all. It was not completely exposed until the coming of the Holy Spirit which would indwell and empower believers to spread the gospel to all mankind. Paul’s instruction about the mystery of God’s plan ends with Ephesians 3:6, “ And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus.”
A few salient truths emerge in this verse: God’s plan is open to everyone, the message of being in God’s family through faith in Jesus is Good News!, as the family of God we are all in this together as His children (brothers and sisters in Christ), and we all can share in the blessing promised to us by Jesus (salvation, heavenly home, indwelling Holy Spirit, access to the Father, justification, sanctification, …..). What a glorious list of truths that we can know and be assured of through our faith in Jesus. Because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, we are part of God’s family plan that is filled with His blessings in Christ. The mystery of God’s plans for redeeming mankind are yes in Christ!
Let these truths impact your life today as you speak with others and seek to serve them in the name of Christ. Here is a great verse to remind us of the blessings we have in Christ from Ephesians 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,”
Have a wonderful day!
P.S. Please pray for the health and safety of the people of the world and that this crisis will turn many to Christ as their source of hope and life.
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Dear Linda, have been so blessed and encouraged everyday through our awesome God’s Word and the message His Spirit has imparted to you! And thanks for reminding us to pray and ask God to use this virus to lead many to a personal relationship with Him!
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