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A Mystery Unveiled

May 29, 2017

“Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:”
Ephesians 3:5-11

The church is the temple of the living God according to the eternal plan of God. Some have said the church age is a parentheses, a pause, in God’s plan for Israel. The church is not a parentheses. The church was God’s plan from the beginning. His plan was hidden from view for the first four thousand years of human history, but after the ascension of Jesus the church was unveiled to the staring eyes of heaven and earth.

God created the church by His own power. God the Son purchased the church with His own blood. God the Spirit gifts the church with His might. God chose to work in the church through feeble, faltering men. He chose the church to be instrument of upholding and adorning His truth. He brings into the church all those who believe on Him, whether they be Jew or Gentile, American or Arabian, rich or poor, male or female, white or black, privileged or marginalized, all are brought into one body, the body of Christ, by the grace of God.

“The church is not a mere voluntary society, born of the will of man, and for a temporary or fragmentary end; it is a divine society, ordained of God, for immortal wants. It is the body of Christ.” (Daniel Noyes) The church was God’s idea created by Him for His purpose. Those truly a part of His church are made so by His power. The church is the living display of the wisdom and power of God. Cherish it.


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