Friday, January 12, 2007

Eph. 3:1-13

Can you think back to a time when you were surprised? Maybe it was a happy surprise (like an engagement ring) and maybe it was a time when you were just floored.

One day before Christmas when I was about eight years old my father took my old bicycle. He said he was going to have new tires and fenders put on it to spruce it up a little. On Christmas morning he told me to go out in the garage and there was a BRAND NEW Schwinn sting ray bicycle (remember those?). I can still remember how surprised and how full of joy I was. I had no idea that this was in the realm of possibility. This was a big deal.

In this passage Paul is trying to deal with some very surprised people. As I read about Gentiles being included in God’s plan I thought of the poor Jews and what a shock to their system this would be. Paul keeps saying it’s a mystery (verse 6) and repeats three times in verse six the word TOGETHER, as in, Jews and Gentiles are members TOGETHER of one body. For the Gentiles to be included in God’s plan was formerly outside the realm of possibility for a Jew.

When we come together, the many kinds of people that we are, to worship Christ, it helps the world see the manifold, or multifaceted wisdom of God (verse 10). Recently I observed a large group at church gathered for WATCH, the program of fellowship and Bible Study. The parish hall was alive with fellowship and to me the room did sparkle like a diamond as everyone brought support to each other, each person playing a part.

Paul says by the grace of God, he expounds on the “unsearchable riches of Christ” (verse 8) and it is true that it is a gift to be able to meditate on and share with others the riches of Christ. Let us today meditate on the riches of Christ, available to all, and reach out to all.

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