7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. 8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 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. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
When I was a new Christian I would read passages about the “mystery of Christ” (v4) and think that perhaps I wasn’t ‘spiritual’ enough yet to understand what the ‘mystery’ was. For some reason (probably bad reading habits – only reading a verse or 2 and so loosing any context) – I just didn’t know what the ‘mystery’ was.
But it is so simple, the ‘mystery’ is as Ps. Richard said yesterday … “God had always intended to bring the Gentiles, the non-Jewish people of the world into fellowship with Himself – on equal terms – and the Good News is that He accomplished this in Jesus.”
Verse 10 strikes me, “Through Christians like yourselves gathered in churches, this extraordinary plan of God is becoming known and talked about even among the angels!” (Msg) His plan from Paul’s time until now hasn’t changed, God chooses to use me/us to bring this message to others. Paul is encouraging the Ephesian church that God equipped him to be a message bearer to the Gentiles and He will also equip them. He will equip us too.
Father, I know that there have been times when I have shrunk back from being a message bearer of your “extraordinary plan”, I ask your forgiveness and that I would remember the boldness and confidence that I have in Jesus.
Written by Suzie Hodgson