In the unsearchable counsel of God’s will for the world, he has so designed that salvation will come through the church, that body of people gathered by the power of his Holy Spirit. And Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is a beautiful and extended description of the nature of the church as part of God’s redemptive plan. Here is just a peek—
7 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. 8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things,
10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. 13 So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory. (Ephesians 3:7-13, English Standard Version)
Would you join me in preparing for this coming Sunday by reading and studying Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus? It will only take you about 20 minutes to read or listen to in one sitting, leaving you plenty of time this week to prayerfully meditate upon it. And I highly recommend that you check out the resource page on this letter that The Bible Project has produced to aid you in further study.
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