Eternal Savior Lutheran Church

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August 1 – God’s Eternal Purpose

“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.”  Eph. 3:8-12

Devotional Thought For The Day

Though Paul was completely undeserving of God’s love, forgiveness, mercy, and grace, nonetheless God granted it to him, including the gracious gift of one of the most important offices and roles in the Christian church. This is precisely how God consistently acts, as described throughout Holy Scripture, the Bible. He chose Abraham, an idolator from what is now Iraq. He chose Samson, whose chief preoccupation was with Philistine prostitutes. He chose David, an adulterer and murderer, and then Solomon his son, an idolator.  Just so, we can be sure that He has also chosen us, and that none of our sins can disqualify us from serving Him.  After all, the message that we cling to by faith and which we proclaim and teach to others is that Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, has taken away the sin of the world.

This is what Paul also proclaimed – the unsearchable riches of Christ, the embodiment of God’s wondrous love for us. Part of this is the revelation of God’s plan to redeem, reconcile, and reclaim people for Himself, uniting us to Himself in His love, in Christ Jesus. This is all part of God’s plan, a mystery for long times, but His manifold wisdom and His eternal purpose – to “unite all things in Christ Jesus, things in heaven and things on earth.” [Eph. 1:10] As this purpose has already been “realized” in Christ Jesus, we too, in Christ Jesus, “have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in Him.” By faith we have the utmost confidence in God’s gracious mercy and love, and boldly turn to Him at all times for grace, mercy, and help in all times of need – praise be to Him!

It has always been the privileged task of the church “that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.”  As we make known to others the glory of God’s redeeming love in Christ Jesus, this witness is also displayed to angels and demons alike. Where there are true believers in Christ this is being done constantly – and we can know that we are in the midst of the church of God in Christ Jesus. Where this is not being done there is no real “church,” only religious organization and man-made institution.  But the real church will continue its glorious task until the return of the Lord Jesus Himself – and the culmination of this glorious re-unification of God and man which is already actualized in Christ Jesus.

We too may feel as though we are among “the very least of all the saints” of God as we reflect humbly upon our sins and our weaknesses.  But we are also the church, redeemed by Christ Jesus, and we too have been given the wondrous and important role of preaching and teaching “the unsearchable riches of Christ.”  All of this is part of the eternal purpose and plan of God, and an aspect of His manifold wisdom – for the blessedness of the church. May we take heart, so that with all boldness and confidence we too fulfill our role in making God’s wisdom in Christ Jesus known to others. This is His will, and part of His grace given to us.  Praise be to God!

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, often we crushed by the burdens of our weak sinful nature, and grow weary and faint in our faith. Remind us of Your glorious love, Your grace and mercy, and Your eternal plan and purpose for us. Help us to find greatest joy in Your unsearchable riches, and in extending Your gracious love and mercy to others. Amen.