Scripture Reading — Ephesians 3:2-13
This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise of Christ Jesus. — Ephesians 3:6
Researchers around the world are seeking to solve mysteries about many diseases. If someday a cure is found for multiple sclerosis, for example, or for Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), many people will rejoice. If only these mysteries could be revealed today!
In our Scripture for today, Paul uses the word “mystery” four times. He explains that God has now revealed a mystery he had hidden for ages. Because we are now reconciled with God through Jesus Christ, God is now our friend. And he reveals what he has been doing for past ages and what he is up to now.
This mystery has to do with salvation. God is not only the God of the Israelites but also the God of all nations. This revelation calls for rejoicing! In Jesus, the Father brings all peoples together in one body, the church, the one people and family of God.
Today many of us may have the opportunity to gather for worship at a local church. At one level, the church is like every other human institution. We deal with hypocrisy, imperfect leaders, and a lack of financial resources. But, as our text tells us today, the church is also much more than any other institution. God’s “intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
May we find joy that God has revealed this mystery to us!
Lord, you have provided salvation for all nations. May this revealed mystery shape our lives and guide us to praise and serve you today. Amen.