Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Good Mystery

Eph 3:6 "the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel,"


I enjoy a good mystery. We don't watch a lot of TV. I wish I was not so stuck on the Browns because they seem to draw my attention every week, (talk about mysteries) but my wife and I are kind of stuck on one TV program every week. It is a mystery. A "whodunit". They always start with a crime and then you have to figure out which of the characters may have pulled it off. The thing about mysteries is that there is this hint. There is something that whets your appetite and then you want to know what the secret is.


That is what it was like for the people who lived before Jesus was born. The knew something was coming. They had the promise of the Messiah but they had not seen it yet. They really did not know how all encompassing His life, His work and His ultimate act would be. It was a mystery. And here is Paul talking about a mystery. He uses the word three times in nine verses. And what is the mystery? Christ.


For some reason God chose to reach down and grab Paul and through special revelation, He let Paul in on the unsearchable riches of Jesus. Part of this mystery is that Jews and Gentiles who trust Jesus are all one body. There is no more separation. There is no more animosity. We are fellow heirs. We are the same body. We are all partakers of His promise.


I don't think the world sees this…but it is happening. Jew and Gentile believers are all one body in this thing called the Church. The fact that we are worshipping together should be trumpeted. The fact that there is no division should be something that is noticeable. And this should not just be for Jew and Gentile, but for men and women; and blacks, whites, Asians, and Hispanics; for those who have been given strong bodies and those who have special needs; for the rich and for the poor. The mystery of Christ is the fact that, in His death and resurrection, He has made us all one. All fellow heirs. All partakers. All one body. There should be no division, only unity…and the world should be able to sit up and take notice.


I wonder why they don't? Something to think about.

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