(Part 54)




October 16, 2014

Today’s reading:  Ephesians 1:3-10



We have a two-fold calling, conforming to the internal and external dimensions of our life in Christ. First, we are called to holiness. Second, we are called to mission. Such is the eternal plan of God, from even before we were born. Paul tells us that God “chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him.” (v.4). That’s destiny! God intends for us to be saints, “the holy ones who are faithful in Christ Jesus” (v.1b).

God works in us so that we in turn might work in and through Him. We are sent forth. We are all to be like “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God” (v.1a). And what is God’s intent in doing this? Well, God send His Son Jesus to redeem us. “In him we have redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace” (v.7). Such salvation is intended by God for all. Indeed, it is His “plan for the fullness of times, to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.” (v.10). God desires all people to be brought under the lordship of Jesus and thus be saved.

How can this happen? It happens as those who already live Christ go forth, as apostles, to share Christ. They are to go forth as witnesses and warriors. It is as they proclaim the gospel that people can be brought to faith in Jesus.

This is the mystery of salvation. That God would become man and suffer and die for us. That man would be used to do divine work. That the salvation won for all by Jesus on the cross would be brought forth by mere human instruments. Indeed, God “has made known to us the mystery of his will in accord with his favor that he set forth in him” (v.9). God has already made His will known to us. We are to be saints, and we are to be apostles.


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