Gods Mystery and Purpose Revealed to me – ‘In Christ and through Faith In Him’
God is Gracious.. I cannot fathom the awesomeness of our Christ. I would never have imagined that God revealed His mystery to me so I may have an eternal relationship with Him. I am learning that God revealed to us His Son, blameless and pure so that we might have an eternal and abundant life in Him.
You could say that God kept Jesus inside himself (the GodHead, Trinity) knowing that one day he would reveal Him. God intended to reveal and expose His mystery to us and it came to us in the form of a man – Jesus. Christ, who was in God, during creation and has been in Him for eternity has now been made known to us! But don’t forget His eternal purpose… God has made known to us His mystery, and has even exposed to us His eternal purpose. His eternal purpose is ‘His body here on earth’, His functional spiritual body – the ekklesia (the church)
It’s truly amazing to think about.. the living and real Jesus Christ ‘Lives IN US’ and he wants all of us to confidently and boldly function as ‘The Body Of Christ’ here on earth. And not in the way that I used to do it, thank goodness the living Jesus has refocused my families journey!
If one understands the implications of what Christ has done, achieved, fulfilled, made-known, revealed, exposed, transformed and established they will be forever changed. I cannot walk the same ‘christian walk’ that I have been doing for so long. I am incapable of returning to my old-life of living in a passive, hierarchical, minimal-worship, program driven, traditional and legalistic Christian community. Christ is real and transcends all my understanding, he is making himself known to us more each day and we are finally seeking a functional spirit-filled community and JESUS centred and focused life. I know that I am still a sinner, but sin and death cannot hold me down anymore…
For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—
Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.