WEDNESDAY 19TH JULY, 2017
THEME: GOD’S PLAN REVEALED
TEXT: EPHESIANS 3: 5-12 READ – DAY: Act 2; Night: Psalm 146-150
HYMN: EMHB 371 – And can it be that I should gain
Those of us who love movies under the genre of “mystery” love the thrills of suspense which such movies offer. It is always a great delight when eventually the mysteries are uncovered and the whole drama becomes plain and clear. When God chose the nation of Israel from among idol-worshiping nations, it was to bring glory to Himself by revelations and demonstration of power that would be made through the Jewish nation.
However, before God chose Israel, He had made plans for the Church which is made up of Jews and gentiles (non- Jews) to be the ultimate institution that will show forth His glory. He had also planned that at the appointed time, Jesus Christ would come to be the Corner-stone, Lord and founder of the Church. It was a mystery which the prophets of old looked forward to seeing unraveled but did not live to witness. As Paul wrote, God’s plan was ‘that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places.
This was according to the eternal purpose which He has realized in Christ Jesus, in whom we have boldness and confidence of access through our faith in Him – Eph.3:10-12. Members of the church are no longer in darkness: the mystery has been removed. The gospel is preached and, through it, we are partakers of eternal life promised in Christ.
MEMORY VERSE: Ephesians 3:6 “That is, how the Gentiles are fellow-heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”
PRAYER: Lord, we praise You for Your works in creation, redemption and sanctification. Glory be to You, O Lord. Amen.