The Fellowship of th

The Fellowship of the Mystery Ephesians 3:9-13
“…and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; 10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, 11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. 13 Therefore, I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.”

It never ceases to amaze me when I read the passage how God chose to reveal his eternal purpose in us. That’ right, God’s eternal purpose. God has known since Alpha eternity the plan that is to unfold in our lives both individually and corporately as the body of Christ. Moreover, this is somewhat on a universal level. Paul states right way that it is “to make all see” the fellowship. God’s plan is eternally an inclusive plan of fellowship. He wants us to know (gnosis) how things really work together on the spiritual level, even those that have been hidden in God himself. This fellowship, not unlike that of the purpose of the “fellowship of the ring” in JRR Tolkein’s Lord of the rings is God’s eternal purpose. He wants to be in intimate fellowship with us, and for us to be in unity with each other.
     The next awesome thought in this passage is our benefits that extend out of that fellowship. Here we find that because of the accomplishment of Christ, we have been given a unique access to God the Father that no one had before. With boldness, we may approach Him now. (See Hebrews 4 for comparison). Not only that, but we can also approach with confidence, which means we can have expectation that our Father in heaven will respond to us exactly the way we need at the time we need Him to. This is why Paul tells his followers not to be sorry for his troubles, being imprisoned for the Gospel, and persecuted as a Christian. Paul knew that the reward for serving Christ was far greater than any earthly gain, and the benefit to those he served would be insurmountable. Their “glory” was their part of the fellowship of the same testimonial and service for Christ, for they would no less be required the same test of faith.

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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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