The Kingdom of Grace – Ephesians 3:1-12
I love that texts thousands of years old still give straight forward information on our purpose in this life. In an ever-changing world we all have asked: what is God’s plan for me? What does it look like? It is such an open ended question, but I love this Ephesians passage because Paul makes our purpose so clear and concise. The mystery that is discussed so many times in the New Testament reminds us that Jesus and the gift of the Holy Spirit are the revelations for all of us to be saved.
Ephesus was a center for pilgrims coming to worship a false goddess. Here were young Christians living in the city built and renowned for its dedication to paganism. Two things speak to me with this passage; the first comes in Ephesians 3:8, when Paul describes himself as the least of God’s servants. If that is true: who am I? It is a good reminder that we have been asked to simply do the work and reach out to share this good news, through words and through actions within our daily life. He gives this directive and charges us to preach and share this grace to EVERYONE. That brings us to the second point: things have changed. In a world where knowledge and understanding had only been known and shared from a few to a few, Paul gives us the purpose of the church: preach to everyone, Jew and Gentile. The church should be the instrument used to share the good news and connect people we come into contact with God’s Kingdom of Grace. Our creed is that all who accept Jesus as Savior are included in this new Kingdom.
In today’s world where we are so quick to tear each other down and even tear ourselves down for our short comings, I end with the way Paul ended his letter to the followers in Ephesus on how to connect and share this good news. Ephesians 5:18 says, “Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
We are indeed blessed to be a part of this family of God.