Tuesday, October 13, 2015

#NT75 Day 37: Ephesians 1-3 What the Church is for

I love the first two chapters of Ephesians.  As in, if I ever get called to preach on zero minutes notice, they are my go-to chapters because I love their content, their flow, and their ability to say important things about God and His work in our lives.

So I want to comment this morning from Ephesians 3.  Outside of the prayer (14-21), that chapter hardly gets press.

3.10 says, "So that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places."

What we do as a church impacts the spiritual realm in a way that is revelatory to the forces of darkness.  When we love well, they see something they didn't see before.  When we are patient, they understand in a way they didn't understand before.  When we forgive, they know something that was not theirs to know before.

And just a reminder:  these are forces of darkness, those rulers and authorities of the Kingdom of wickedness.  That's to whom these things are being revealed.

What exactly is revealed?  The wisdom of God.  We love, are patient, and forgive in ways that display the wisdom of God to the demonic realm.

That pushes me to do church and do church well.  It also prompts this thought:  if God is going to reveal through us the wisdom of God to the demons, what might He show to our neighbors, friends, family members, and other lost people?

So much is at stake.  Be the church.  Reveal the Truth.

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