I hesitate before going into the Secret Place. I’m running late. Do I have enough time for His Word? Could twenty minutes make a difference? I don’t know, but I enter in any way.
Humbly I bow, in His presence, with a yielded heart – leaning in to learn. With the open Bible in my hand I discover:
In reading this, then you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ…
Understand what? What is the mystery of Christ? Understand Paul’s insight into what mystery?
In reading this, then you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to men in other generations as it has been revealed by the Spirit of God’s holy apostles and prophets. Ephesians 3:3-4 NIV
Am I reading this right?
This mystery was hidden for generations! What is it? I close my eyes and open them again. I don’t want to miss anything. Humbly I turn to God’s and slowly read it out loud: Truth on my lips as the mystery unravels.
This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body and sharers together in the promises in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 3:6 NIV
This love not only transforms us and makes us children of God. We do not have Abraham’s blood flowing through our veins, but we do not have to remain hopeless, helpless, lost or unredeemed.
Every Sunday morning thousands, if not millions, of Christians, enter through the doors of their church as heirs together with Israel.
His intent was that now, through the church the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in heavenly realms, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. Ephesians 3:10
Am I reading this right? God’s intent was always that we become His people – a church! This church has a mission to reveal His manifold wisdom.
God’s intent was always that we become His people – a church!
The Church is the instrument of truth. The rulers and authorities here on this earth may not see it, but those in the heavenly realm do.
Every time the church doors open for the worshipers to worship, greeters to greet, teachers to teach and pastors to preach, someone is watching in the heavenly realms. What manifold wisdom do they see?
- Jesus’ intervention in the heart of the widow?
- A body healed?
- The Spirit of truth ring true in the hearts of the believers?
Are there whispers of awe at transformed hearts and lives changed forever?
God is at work in His people. He will accomplish His perfect, pleasing and acceptable will of God.
Manifold wisdom of God!
I look down at my watch. Only a few more minutes left before I need to go. Time for one final passage – one beautiful passage.
In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. Ephesians 3:12
I almost missed this. It was only a few minutes in the Secret Place, but I go to church with new eyes. Freedom and confidence to approach Him! What a great love is this!
Time to go – I whisper a prayer of thankfulness before closing the door to the Secret Place and drive to the church.
I parked my car and wondered: What glimpses of God’s manifold wisdom will the rulers and authorities in heavenly realms see today?
What a difference twenty minutes can make!
- Is there a tender place where God is ministering to your spirit today?
- Imagine rulers and authorities, in the heavenly realms, visiting your church. What manifold wisdom of God do you think they would see?