THE CHURCH’S WITNESS

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:7-13

“So that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 3:10)

This is an amazing statement. Its meaning is easily missed. We know that Christ has called us to be His witnesses, His ambassadors. Most often we think of our calling to be witnesses to be about bearing witness to other human beings. We are responsible to take the message of the gospel to all peoples on earth. But in our passage today, we see that our witness goes beyond human beings. It actually involves bearing witness to angelic beings — “the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.”

God’s great plan for the church is that His people live according to God’s way so that angels will be able to see God’s wisdom. There is a cosmic significance to what we do as members of the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are to make manifest in our lives and characters the excellencies of our Maker-Redeemer, so that angels may see His great wisdom.

The goal is for angels to see “the manifold wisdom of God.” Literally it means the “multi-colored” wisdom of God, the infinite diversity of God’s wisdom. You see it in creation. Look around and observe how incredibly diverse creation is. Look at the landscape — mountains, plains, seashore. Look at the vegetation — trees, plants, flowers. Look up into the heavens and see the constellations. God created all these things out of His manifold wisdom.

You see God’s manifold wisdom when you observe human beings. We are all different. We have different personalities, traits, features, gifts, abilities, and looks. Each of us was formed by God in our mother’s wombs. We are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Specifically, Paul is referring to the manifold wisdom of God that is seen in redemption and reconciliation. God chose to redeem us by the blood of His Son. Jesus makes reconciliation possible — reconciliation with God and reconciliation with other human beings. In Paul’s day, the reconciliation to which he was referring was between Jews and Gentiles. God made these two groups, who had been separated for years, into one in His Church. Christ broke down the walls of hostility that separated them. Angels who observed this gracious act of God saw the manifold wisdom of God at work.

The way we live is always a witness. It can be good or bad. God has called us to live in such a way that human beings and angels may see in us the manifold wisdom of our God. How we live our lives is of the utmost importance.

Lord Jesus, I want to be a faithful witness of Your manifold wisdom. Give me the strength to live my life in a way that brings glory to You. Enable me to remember that my life is bearing witness to other human beings and to angels. Let them see in me Your manifold wisdom and grace.

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