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The Mystery Is His Story

Oct 04, 2009

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Have you ever read or seen a mystery story? Are you a fan of Alfred Hitchcock,Sherlock Holmes or Agatha Christie? If you are, then you should know that the bible is the greatest mystery book of all time.

    The  unknown. In Eph. 1-6, the apostle Paul talks about a mystery which he defines as something that was hidden but now revealed...A secret purpose of God which can only be understood when uncovered by Him. Paul received a revelation. God revealed to Paul something that he would not have known on his own.Eph.3 relates to us the story of the Gospel and how Paul was given the privilege of presenting it. In the same way, God revealed to us something that we would not have known apart from Him revealing it-that is what is meant by the word mystery. This mystery was part of the Gospel that Paul preached- that Jesus Christ, God's Son, the perfect Lamb of God who became man presented Himself as a sin offering on our behalf. He became the mediator between God and man. He became the bridge by which man can cross that infinite chasm to have a relationship with a Holy God and to be one with God.

   Paul, who wrote this letter while imprisoned and in chains, alludes to the fact that he has been given the privilege of stewardship to disclose this mystery. And this is an issue of faith to walk by faith, not by sight. Indeed, Paul, who refers to himself as a prisoner of Christ Jesus, despite his circumstances, lived and understood Romans 8: 28," We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him and called according to His purpose."

   God's grace is for everyone. Whatever your economic status, whatever your background, whatever your prominence or lack therof, whatever your race or grade, whatever it is, we are all on equal footing. We are all on the same level when we come to the Cross by faith, trusting in Jesus Christ. And when we do that, we become one, equal in the body of Christ before God.

    The Mystery- We are one. Have you ever been looked down because of your race, your economic status? How about your background or weaknesses? In thesame way have you ever looked down on someone for the same reasons-race, status, prominence, education, position, background?

    Paul addresses this concern of inequality and gets a little more specific in Eph.3:1-6 saying,"...that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the Gospel." Fellow heirs relates to the idea that we share the same spiritual riches God gave Abraham and we have the same legal status before God as Jews. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, slave nor free, male nor female, for we are all in Christ( Gal.3:28). We are fellow members of His body, the Church-united, one, equally blessed, not second class citizens, not in-laws or distant cousins but brothers and sisters. We are joint heirs with Jesus Christ. We are fellow partakers of the promises in the Gospel through Christ. There are no national, racial, political, physical or social distinctions in the church, the body of Christ(1 Cor.12:13).

    The Ministry-We are Witnesses. In Eph.3:7-9 Paul talks about this ministry which was  given to Him is according to God's grace. Paul emphasizes the value of grace for he has not forgotten his past-how unworthy he was to receive such a ministry. Paul goes on to say that this ministry was also given according to God's power that is at work in his life-even in our lives as we carry out witnessing for Christ. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is active in our lives. Paul even says in Phil.4:13," I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

   This ministry of being a witness has two aspects:

      1. To the Physical World. In Eph.3:8-9, Paul says," To me, to the very least of all saints, this grace was given to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ. To bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things." We are to love one another so that all men will know that we are Christ's disciples(John 13:35).

       2. To the Spiritual World. Paul, in Eph3:10-11, tells us to make known the manifold wisdom of God to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.The father chose us for this purpose. In the classroom of God's universe, He is the teacher, the angels are his students, the church is the illustration and the subject is the manifold wisdom of God(1Peter1:10-12).

      Paul instructs us to go and let all creation know about this treasure that we have found(2Kings7:3-9).The unity of the church in Jesus Christ and the wonderful privilege of us being able to proclaim this message to the world is God's eternal purpose. He carried this out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confidence through faith in Him.

      The mystery is His story. We are one in Him. We are witnesses for Him....