What An Amazing Lesson In Faith And Confidence In Christ!

Paul, a prisoner now in Rome, is writing to his beloved community in Ephesus to both relieve them of their concern for him and to encourage them to continue his mission. He is not concerned with the Church for its own sake here, for he has the faith in Christ Jesus that it is founded in the Triune God, forever. He is reminding the Ephesians that they now have a responsibilty to pass on what he has taught them about this, “insight into the mystery of Christ, which has not been made known to human beings in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles…by the Spirit.”

In humility he tells them that he, Paul, “the least of all the holy ones,” was given this grace, through the power of Jesus himself, to bring “the inscrutable riches of Christ to the Gentiles, to bring to light [for all] what is the plan of the mystery hidden from ages past in God who created all things, so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church…” (verses 8-10) And the implication to the Ephesians then is the same implication for us today. That is, we are to continue that mission begun by Paul through the power of Jesus Christ to bring the Gospel to the world.

What Paul emphasizes the most throughout this letter is the unity of the Church and that the divine plan of salvation is for all. This Church, which Jesus instituted here on earth, is to bring this divine plan to the world and it is to be one. How else is it to most effectively bring the unifying message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world? God is One. God is the Father of all. There is no other God, no other message that reveals the mystery of God’s “eternal purpose that he has realized in Jesus Christ our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.” Let us be bold then. Let us, then, be confident in our faith in Jesus Christ and continue the mission of bringing the Good News to the world.

Lord, we pray that you continue to increase our faith, our hope and our love in you. Make of us one body of bold and confident apostles bringing the Good News to all those who are hungry for word of you. Give us the grace to walk always in the way of your Son, Jesus. It is in this that we will become the Good News of Jesus Christ in both word and deed. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.