The followers of Jesus are a mystery. Often powerless and poor; often down-trodden and marginalised by the reigning powers, they doesn’t look like the coterie of the King! Yet through the lenses of faith they are ‘seated in the heavens’ in Christ.
Two big themes are revealed in Ephesians: (1) Christ and, (2) the Church. The title of our sermon series, “The Mystery of Us,” combines these two themes.
Six times in Ephesians, the writer of the book, Paul, uses the word mystery to describe the divine breakthrough of God’s grace that occurred in Jesus.“The Mystery of Us,” series picks up on the mystery of God’s wealth and power bestowing a great destiny on insignificant people such us; and the mystery that the likes of us can withstand powers and principalities, so that the reign of God is manifest in us and through us.
One of the great blessings Jesus gave us is the Church. In Christ, “you and I” have become “we”. We were all brought into the body of Christ, the church, with Christ as the head over us all. In Ephesians, the church is a beautiful and glorious thing. As God’s people, we are the workmanship of God. God’s work of art, and the dwelling place of God. The church exists to the praise of God’s glory. We are the stage on which God shows off. It is even said that the angels are in awe of God’s work in his church.
You can read through the whole letter to the Ephesians HERE.
Come and join us as we work through the letter to the Ephesians at Diamond Valley Baptist Church 10am and 6pm Sundays.
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