The Daily Bible

Ephesians 3:1-13

For this reason, I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles — you have heard, haven’t you, about the administration of God’s grace that he gave to me for you?  The mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have briefly written above.  By reading this you are able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ.  This was not made known to people in other generations as it is now revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit:  The Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and partners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.  I was made a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the working of his power.  This grace was given to me — the least of all the saints — to proclaim to the Gentiles the incalculable riches of Christ, and to shed light for all about the administration of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things.  This is so that God’s multi-faceted wisdom may now be made known through the church to the rulers and authorities in the heavens.  This is according to his eternal purpose accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.  In him we have boldness and confident access through faith in him.  So then I ask you not to be discouraged over my afflictions on your behalf, for they are your glory.

Reflection:  A friend of mine recently spoke about being on ‘the wrong side of history’. It is a phrase we hear often – and it is often used to paint someone opposed to you as someone who will be revealed as misguided, even wrong in their understanding of events. Paul could have been accused of this – after all, by now he was under house-arrest in Rome and seemingly doomed. And, yet, as he writes this little excursus on his life, he makes very clear that he is very much on the ‘right side of history’, despite all appearances (vs.7). You see, history is about God’s plan to bring all the world to right organisation ‘in Christ’ – that includes people from every nation, tribe and tongue reconciled to God and each other, ‘in Christ’. When this happens in the church here and in the future, what is God shown to be (vs.8-12)? Unbelievably wise! In this sense, despite appearances, there is no need to be discouraged!

Question:  Ponder the mob of people you meet with at church – how do you display the ‘multi-faceted wisdom of God’?

Prayer:  Father, when I gather with your people, I am amazed by your wisdom – that ‘in Christ’, you have dealt with our sin, given us peace with you and each other, and so displayed to the world that you have defeated the rule of sin. Please grant me, and us, great delight and contentment in your wisdom. Amen.