Reading: Ephesians 3: 1-12
Paul writes of the mystery of God. This mystery is often seen as the wisdom of God. Paul writes of the mystery being revealed to the prophets and apostles. When we think back to Isaiah and Daniel and Elijah and to Paul himself, we can certainly see God’s wisdom revealed in and through these men.
Paul also writes of the whole body of Christ. To Paul, in this writing, part of the mystery was about the Gentiles becoming part of the family. As the New Testament unfolds, we come to understand ‘Gentiles’ as all people who do not know God. We come to understand that there is no one God will not welcome into the family. As the New Testament continues to unfold, we also come to see all people as messangers and bearers of God’s Word. We look back on the great commission that Jesus gave in Matthew 28:19 and see it as written to not only the disciples but to each of us as well.
For most of us, the mystery, or wisdom, of God is revealed through the scriptures. As we read the Word of God and as the Holy Spirit works in us, we too come to better understand the wisdom of God. In part, we apply this wisdom or understanding to how we live our lives. We work to live lives that are pleasing to God as we seek to follow His ways. In this manner we are living out the mystery.
We are also called to share the mystery. As disciples of Jesus Christ living in today’s world, we are called to bear the great mystery of God to others – to make disciples of all nations. Just as Paul spoke and wrote to the Ephesians so that they would come to understand the mystery of God so that they could live a life of faith, so too are we to bring the Word of God to the Gentiles of today.
Through the power of Jesus Christ, may we both be and share the holy mystery with others, all for the glory of God.