October 19 – Now Revealed

“When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. This mystery is* that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” – Ephesians 3:4-5 (ESV)

We have again a promise-packed passage by the Apostle Paul which teaches a most precious truth for our world, especially today. We are in an upheaval between truth and the lies the devil spreads in order to sow chaos in our world. Our enemy’s goal is to discredit by leading astray those who by faith believe and confess that Jesus is the Son of God and their Savior. Paul declares a mystery about the promise of salvation from Christ. What does ‘mystery’ mean? Many truths were hidden until later revealed in the New Testament that are called mysteries. Here Paul reveals one: Jew and Gentile brought together in one body in the Messiah. The cry against racism may truly exist among the unbelieving but for those who do believe and follow the teachings of Jesus, there is no room for this critical race theory now being bandied about. Paul not only wrote of the mystery that, in Christ, Jew and Gentile become one in God’s sight and in His kingdom and family, but also explained and clarified that truth. He taught us that spiritual knowledge must precede practical application. What is not properly understood cannot be properly applied.**

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*The words This mystery is are inferred from verse 4

**The MacArthur Study Bible: New American Standard Bible., (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2006), Eph 3:4.

August 28 – Faster Than A Blink

“Behold, I am telling you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” – 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 (NASB)

We do have a special kind of promise about what will one day happen. It’s not based on how we act or behave but we’re promised how long this promise will take to happen. There is another underlying promise: All who are in Christ Jesus by grace through faith (also a gift) are promised to one day be changed. Our present state, which is physical, mortal and perishing will be transformed into immortal and like that of Jesus after His resurrection. We all know how every person on earth is destined to a physical death but, there is this exception for those who are alive when Jesus returns for His believers – also called His Bride and the Church. When He returns He will take up believers who have passed and are buried and those yet alive. We do not know when but it is imminent, nothing else has to happen first. It will be faster than fast. An eye twinkle is a reflected particle of light seen in the eye. It’s reflected light entering the eye and then being reflected and it occurs in about a billionth of a second. Faster than a blink, it happens.

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