Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Why The Church?

I have been studying Ephesians 3:10-11 this week. God has revealed something to me that perhaps is not new to the reader here, but I feel compelled to share anyway in case someone finds this to be new as well.

(NIV) (italics mine) Eph. 3:10-11: "His intent was that NOW, through the Church the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the Heavenly Realms, according to His eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord."

You have to go back to verse 9 to see a bit more into this: "and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things."
1 -What Mystery? Romans 11:33 - "Oh the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!" I Corinthians 2:7 - "No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory".
The mystery is, SALVATION! There are many more verses, but basically even the prophets did not know about this salvation, it was only revealed THROUGH THE CHURCH!

2 - God use ONE way to reveal his mystery: THE CHURCH! Look at 1 Peter 1:12 in refernence to the "heavenly realms" in the scripture written above: "when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the Gospel toyou by the Holy Spirit sent from Heaven. Even ANGELS long to look into these things." !!! ANGELS long to look into these things! Do you understand what that means? EVEN the heavenly beings, Angels, long to know what WE know, if we are Christians, THE CHURCH!

Praise God for The Church, and His People! May we understand the responsibility and the joy that He has given to us!

3 comments:

Kurt said...

lots of resposibility! maybe more than we realize.

Dawn said...

Bill,
How interesting your post is. I have been pondering some of the same thoughts. This was just recently posted to You Tube. It is a clip from my church. Look at the title of the sermon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDChA3sGbnU

Dawn

Bill's Waste of Air said...

Hey thanks for stopping by Kurt, yes it is quite a responsibility isn't it?

Dawn, I will look at that soon.