Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Why church matters

The last few weeks I have been talking about "Church Matters" in our Sunday morning gatherings. I came across these verses this morning in preparing for this Sunday's message.
Ephesians 3:8-12 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.
Some thoughts
  • God uses the church to display His wisdom.
  • The wisdom of God displayed by the church is put on display for heavenly rulers and authorities (my understanding is that not all of them would be angels, some would be of spiritual darkness).
  • God's plan is NEVER a "plan B." His plan is eternal. As a matter of fact, 'plan' is probably a poor word to use. 'Purpose' is much better.
  • All of this should lead us to greater confidence in our access to Him. Reminds me of Hebrews 10:19-22!