Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Verse for Today - Ephesians 3:17b-19 (click to read mini-blog)
"And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."
Read all of Ephesians 3
This out-of-place benediction is found in the middle of Ephesians 3. The Apostle Paul has been expounding the outworking of the God's redemptive plan. From the beginning He was planning to extend his transforming grace to people of every race, language and location around the world. For a time, the Nation of Israel (the offspring of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) were THE covenant people of God... but now through the Gospel of Christ, the People of God has been expanded to include believers from every race and place. Those of Hebrew descent are now just a part (albeit the root) of God's cosmopolitan global congregation, His Church.
This is the MYSTERY we read about at several points in the Book of Ephesians (1:9, 3:3, 3:4, and 3:9)... The Creator of all, is the Lord of all, and the God of all... and by His Sovereign grace calls them (and brings them) to Himself through His Son, the Savior Jesus Christ.
I don't know a better way to conclude that with the verses just preceding Today's Verse:
"For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;" Ephesians 3:14-17
This is my prayer for you too.