THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:1-6

“This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, are partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” (Ephesians 3:6)

Paul earlier addressed the subject of the mystery of Christ in the first chapter of this epistle — “Making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His purpose which He set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth” (Ephesians 1:9,10).

Paul calls this a mystery because the truth of it was previously hidden or only vaguely known. But now the mystery has been revealed in Christ. In the broad sense, the mystery is that God will bring all things in heaven and on earth together under on head, Jesus Christ. All of history is moving to a consummation when all things will be restored and made perfect under Christ.

In our passage today, we see that part of this mystery is the inclusion of the Gentiles into the family of God. Jews and Gentiles will be brought together under Jesus. Christ dwells through His Spirit in the hearts and lives of both believing Jews and believing Gentiles. The former generations had not understood this; but now God had chosen Paul to preach this message — “the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”

God called Paul to be the missionary to the Gentiles. As you read through the book of Acts, you will see how Paul fulfilled this calling. He made three missionary journeys through which many Gentiles came to faith in Jesus Christ. Many churches were planted in Gentile cities and a major gospel movement took place.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the same thing happened today? I long to see a powerful gospel movement take place within our country and around the world. We do see a major expansion of God’s kingdom in certain parts of the world today — Latin America, Africa, and China. Millions are coming to faith in Christ. Let’s pray for a gospel movement to take place in our own country as well.

O Holy Spirit, I pray for a true revival to take place in my country. I pray for a gospel movement that will draw many into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. I confess that I get discouraged when I see how far our country has turned away from You. But I know that You have the power to bring sweeping change as You move in the hearts of people. I also pray that many gospel movements would take place in other places around the world. Thank You that we Gentiles can now be a part of Your family.

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