There is absolutely nothing more wonderful and amazing than understanding that in the coming of Christ, God would proclaim the gospel to both the Jew and the Gentile. Before this highest of all moments in history, Israel was looked at as the “chosen people of God” which seemed to leave out all the other nations. “BUT NOW in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ… and might reconcile us both [Jew and Gentile] to God in one body [the church] through the cross” (Ephesians 2:13, 16).
How fitting it is then that we who have been reconciled by this AMAZING GRACE should be consumed by preaching the message of Christ to every “ethnos” (nation). Let me repeat what Paul says, “This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise [to Abraham – Genesis 12:3] in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” (Ephesians 3:6). This is so profound that I feel totally embraced in its wonder!
Paul was so profoundly moved by this truth and grace of God that he says, “Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power.” (Ephesians 3:7). According to Matthew 28:19, we all have been given this same grace; to minister and proclaim this gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit – the purpose of Pentecost.
May God’s grace also give each of us a passion to reach the “ethnos” who have never heard. Don’t worry about the “how”. The Holy Spirit will reveal that when our heart receives the “what” – the mystery of Christ – salvation offered to all freely, without price (money).
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