Tag: rulers and authorities
Scripture reading for September 24th: Ephesians 3:1-21
Paul experienced God’s grace first-hand. He was Jew who had persecuted the church and imprisoned those who believed in Jesus Christ. Jesus found him on the Damascus road and graciously blinded him in order to open his eyes to God’s purpose of preaching to the Gentiles. (Acts 9:11-15) This concept that God would save both Jew and Gentile was a mystery that had been hidden and was now revealed by God through the Gospel.
“Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 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, according to His eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” (Ephesians 3:8-12)
The ‘unsearchable riches of Christ’ was the term Paul used for God’s gift of eternal life to all who would believe the Gospel. No one can yet fully explain or comprehend all that God has prepared for those who love Him! (1st Corinthians 2:8-9) God has given us the Holy Spirit and opened our eyes in revelation knowledge to glimpses of these riches. We have forgiveness of our sins and adoption in God’s family. We have been given an eternal inheritance as and heir of God through Jesus Christ. We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3) We have the surety or down payment of that inheritance in the person of the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 1:13) So much more could be written that these riches are truly unsearchable this side of heaven!
Paul also stated that God’s purpose was that through the church to make know this manifold wisdom to the rulers and authorities in heavenly places. God’s grace can only be experienced by human beings who are saved by faith. Our lives and works will bring glory to God and understanding of God’s goodness to both the good authorities (angels) and the evil (demons). What a privilege to be a small part of God’s wonderful plan and purpose!