God has finally done the big reveal – and he’s chosen the church to be a part of it.
10 His 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, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I love a big reveal. I still remember the first time I watched Star Wars and saw that most famous of all scenes where Darth Vader says, “Luke, I am your father.” In that moment, the big reveal changes the whole story. There’s a reason it remains one of the most famous lines in film history. Of course, it’s become common knowledge these days, though, so anyone watching Star Wars now probably won’t get the shock of the big reveal in the same way. It’s still a big twist, but it doesn’t have the same thrill when you’ve heard it plenty of times before.
When I read this part of Ephesians, I sense the thrill of God’s big reveal here too. The ‘mystery’ that was hidden for generations now revealed. The mystery described in 3:6 as God saving people of all nations, Jew and Gentiles alike, to be part of his family as one body. It’s a big reveal!
But I’ve also heard it a lot over the years, and I’ve been hearing about it every day this week in other Grow Dailys. It’s easy to forget how big a deal this really is. But then I think that without this, I would not be a child of God. I’m not Jewish. Most of my church family aren’t Jewish. The only reason we’re all able to call God our father and each other our church family is because of this big reveal, that God’s grace is for all people, no matter our background. That’s huge! I feel so privileged to be living at a time when that mystery has already been revealed. What a privilege to be part of the church as God’s chosen people!!
But what’s even more of a privilege is that God has chosen the church to be the means of this big reveal! Look at verse 10: “His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known…” We are living proof that God can and does save people from all backgrounds – no one is out of reach of his grace. And it is through us declaring this good news that this mystery is revealed throughout the world. How crazy is that! We not only get to see the big reveal, but we get to be part of it too!
God has revealed that his grace extends to people from all backgrounds, and he works through us—the church—to declare that good news to the world.
Dear kind and loving Father, thank you for sending Jesus to die and rise again so that all people could be forgiven—so that I could be forgiven. Thank you that you are so powerful that no one is out of reach of your grace. Please help me remember that your love extends to people of all backgrounds, and give me faith to declare this good news to everyone—not just the ones I think are ‘your type’ of person. Remind me of your merciful character as I do this. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
A song to listen to: Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery (Matt Papa)
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