May 22, 2020 – The Mystery of the Church

Read 1 John 3

“Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5 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; 6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:” Ephesians 3:4-6

 

This is the mystery that probably affects us the most in the church. The church was not known in the Old Testament. It wasn’t until Paul was given this new revelation that it was understood by the first members of the church. Paul makes it clear that this was not revealed to the prophets. It wasn’t even revealed to the holy apostles. This revelation wasn’t given to Peter, James, or John. It was first revealed to Paul. 
 
The key is that the Lord was taking a people from among the Gentiles and bringing them together with the Jewish believers to form a new thing, a body without a wall of separation. For well over a thousand years, the Jews and the Gentiles were separated having nothing in common. They didn’t share a god, a morality, or even laws. The Gentiles were dogs to the Jews, and from the historical treatment of the Jewish people, they were considered dogs or less than dogs to the Gentiles as well.
 
God performed an incredible miracle in bringing those who felt a hatred for one another into a relationship that showed the love of Christ. The world definitely sat back and took notice of the love that Paul had toward the Gentile believers, and the love that they had for not only Paul but for all of the Jews who were brothers in Christ.
 
Jesus said in John 13:35, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” He was showing a change that was about to take place. Those who were on opposite sides of the spectrum of faith, would be brought together and would show to the world that the enemy could love the ones who hated them. 
 
So it continues today. Those who were afar off are made nigh. “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13) 
 
This is not just a mystery to the world, it is a miracle. We could forgive those who would do us harm. We could care for those who care for no one. We would love those simply because they have come to Christ. 
 

Immediately, in the plan of God, the enemies of God’s plan and purpose are now the adopted family and they become brothers to those who are of the mystery of Christ.

 

An Exercise to Increase my Faith: The words of a song read, “Let me see this world, dear Lord, as though I were looking through your eyes.” That is what we need for today. We need to look at people who have totally rejected all that we stand for and who reject our Lord, and we need to see them with His compassion, knowing that they who are afar off, can be made nigh if they would put their trust in Him.

 


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