"The Boldness of the Goal is for Everyone" - Monday, May 23rd
The promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, which I (the Apostle Paul) was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power …. so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church …. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him. Ephesians 3:6B-7, 10, 11-12
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Today’s Scripture tells us that the Apostle Paul was a uniquely gifted minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. God used him in powerful ways to help establish the church of Jesus Christ throughout the world of that day. The Apostle Paul says this all happened so that “the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church.” The centerpiece of the manifold wisdom of God is the gospel of Jesus Christ and it has been the goal of the church down through the ages to bring the gospel to the world. The Apostle Paul says “this was in accordance with the eternal purpose which he (God) carried out in Christ Jesus.
When we speak of the church we are talking about the church as a whole and each of the individual persons who make up the church. This means that the goal (purpose) of bringing the Gospel to the world which God gave to the church is both a collective and individual responsibility. In essence, those who belong to Christ, share Christ. The Apostle Paul concludes by saying that those who belong to Christ have a boldness and confidence that comes from Christ to them. It is the boldness and confidence we have in Christ that wonderfully suits all of us for being ones who bring the gospel to the world.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I believe I am here to walk with you, live for you, and share you with the world. I embrace this goal today and ask that you help it to be realized in my life in significant ways going forward. Thanks for your grace that brought me to faith and I look forward to the grace you will give me for sharing my faith. Amen!
Posted on Mon, May 23, 2016
by Alan Porter