We have noticed that through God revealing the mystery that was hidden for ages, the preaching of salvation through Jesus Christ is proclaimed to all nations (“ethnos”). But there is more. Paul continues to expand our view by explaining how the church in God’s plan will disclose the wisdom of God. Notice how Paul says this:
“To bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 3:9–10).
I am sure you would agree with me that the world is in desperate need of seeing God’s wisdom lived out in our lives. The chaos and confusion that reigns in individuals and families, to governments and nations, is a proof that the world needs God’s kind of wisdom to right so many wrongs that prevail. While this world is not our home, God intends that the church exert a powerful influence through those who live the gospel here and now. But have you carefully considered the larger view that “the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places” also need to see His wisdom lived out through the church? “This was according to the eternal purpose that He has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,” (Ephesians 3:11).
The next time you are alone, think about this truth and realize that you are being watched by these “rulers and authorities”. Are they seeing the wisdom of God lived out through your life? Many believe that we are not the church unless we are gathered in a church building. This limits the truth that we are baptized into the body of Christ and wherever we are, we are the church (1 Corinthians 12:13). It is time we let the Holy Spirit enlarge our spiritual vision, and then act on what He is teaching us.
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