Friday, March 9, 2018
"by which when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ], " Ephesians 3:4 NKJV
How can this be? A Gentile is to share in the same blessings and relationship with God as the Jew? It makes perfect sense to us, who have lived our whole lives knowing it to be true. Used in the plural, gentiles means a heathen nation.
God did not intend for the Jews to be exclusive forever. The coming of our wonderful Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to all peoples proves this to be true. God intended for all peoples from all cultures and backgrounds to experience the same blessings as his set apart ones.
It is in Christ alone that this could occur. The workings and function of the body of Christ is the mystery revealed to the Apostle Paul and he alone is equipped to make it known. The Gentile and Jew becoming the church, is God's microcosm of heaven on earth. It is a wonder to behold.
It has to function properly to be used as God intends. I have a sinking feeling the reason we don't see the Kingdom here as we should is because the church isn't being the church.
I hope you understand I'm not talking about any particular church, or people but the body of Christ at large in America. We are missing character traits. Obedience to God's word is a big one. You might have other issues you identify as a need.
I can imagine the Apostle Paul shaking his finger at America to get right with God, and to love one another. Corinthians 13 says, it's important to have faith and hope, but the greatest is love. Love conquers all things in life; the love of God especially.
What can you and I do to fix this one issue? I leave this up to you.When you are conscience of a need it is easier to find one. Look for someone to bless, help or just hug. Be the difference you want to see.