We Are His Conduit o

We Are His Conduit of Wisdom to the World-
“This mystery is the Good News that people who are not Jewish have the same inheritance as Jewish people do. They belong to the same body and share the same promise that God made in Christ Jesus. 7 I became a servant of this Good News through God’s kindness freely given to me when his power worked {in me}. 8 I am the least of all God’s people. Yet, God showed me his kindness by allowing me to spread the Good News of the immeasurable wealth of Christ to people who are not Jewish. 9 He allowed me to explain the way this mystery works. God, who created all things, kept it hidden in the past. 10 He did this so that now, through the church, he could let the rulers and authorities in heaven know his infinite wisdom.” Ephesians 3:6-10

     I find it intriguing that Paul, who was Saul of Tarsus, the persecutor of Christians, who had put many Christian converts to death, appears to be excited in this passage about the Gentiles being one with Israel. He was a devout Hebrew and Israelite by birth. He was a member of the high counsel in Jerusalem. He calls himself in other letters a “Hebrew of Hebrews,” meaning that he was entirely devoted to being Jewish and the Levitical law. All others were unclean and of lesser standing with God.
     Nevertheless, in this passage He reveals that his heart has completely changed. He is thrilled that the non-Jewish races are one with them by the same power, Dunamis, which changed his heart. He called this a mystery once hidden by God since before time began, but one now revealed.
     What I find striking in this passage is that we are made the vessels, as the church, the body of Christ, to reveal the infinite wisdom of God by that same power or Dunamis. Not only that, but it is to the authorities and rulers in the heavenly realms, in other words, the angelic forces and demonic forces are to be taught by us the plan and wisdom of God through Jesus Christ.
     Now, whether or not you believe in literal angels and demons is not the point here. What is the unmistakable point is the idea of our responsibility as disciples to allow God to flow through our lives in power and wisdom as a witness of His goodness. That is what I often find challenging in reading the Bible – to get past what is not important to dwell on and get on to my responsibility. I think that it is easier sometimes for us humans to intellectualize in order to avoid the matters of the heart. That is what Dunamis is all about – transformation and the ability to accomplish God’s will.


About Friar Timothy, Franciscan Urban Mission, INC.

Disciple of Jesus Christ with a Progressive Message, Author, Franciscan Friar, Musician, Social Activist, and Urban Missionary View all posts by Friar Timothy, Franciscan Urban Mission, INC.

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