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November 18 - Evening

"This grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles 
the unsearchable riches of Christ,  and to make plain
to everyone the administration of this mystery, which
for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created
all things. 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."

- Ephesians 3:8-11

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Making Plain the Unsearchable Riches of Christ and the Manifold Wisdom of God    

The “grace” that Paul “was given” was the office of an apostle. As an apostle Paul received, recorded and proclaimed revelation from God. The group that was the focus of Paul’s presentation of the revelation that he had received from God was the Gentile nations. Paul preached the “unsearchable riches of Christ” to the Gentiles and made “plain to everyone the administration of this mystery.”

The word “unsearchable” in the phrase “unsearchable riches of Christ” comes from the Greek word anexichniaston which refers to something that has limits that cannot be found out or reached by humans. An example of this in Paul’s day would be the seas of the earth whose depths could not be reached and whose size could not be known. Yet, Paul was given the “grace” to “preach” (or, proclaim) this untrackable, untraceable knowledge and “to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery.” Through the gifting of the Spirit of God Paul was enabled to preach and record in a “plain” fashion this unfathomable mystery of Christ. “Plain” is the word photisai which means “to illuminate,” and “to bring into light.”

Paul’s message captured the revelation of a “mystery” which had been kept hidden throughout the past ages. The revealing of this ancient hidden mystery began a new age, or a new “administration.” This “administration,” which is the translation of the word oikonomia meaning “management, responsibility, administration of a household,” refers to the church age where the proclamation and understanding of the unsearchable riches of Jesus would be brought to light among the Gentiles.

The result of this mystery being known and understood by the Gentiles would be that “the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms.” Through the church’s understanding, and the resultant transformation of the Gentiles, the angelic forces in the spiritual realm called the “heavenlies” would themselves have the “manifold wisdom of God revealed to them.” The word “manifold” means “many-sided, variegated, multi-faceted” and is used to refer to the many colors of a robe or the many facets of a cut diamond.

In this age in which we now live God has revealed and made known to the church the unknowable knowledge of Christ so that by the transforming power of knowing the person of Christ the church would be transformed into tangible, observable manifestations of Christ himself for all of the rulers and authorities in the heavenlies to see and understand. Part of God’s eternal purpose was that through his “grace” gift of apostleship, Paul would receive, preach and make plain the mystery of Christ. This ministry continues today through the teaching of the text of Scripture.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary
use words."
- Francis of Assisi




Something to Ponder??

The universal Christian worldview can summarize history as a cosmic battle between good and evil with Jesus as the central personality.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information



Presbuteros (Gr) - Elder (Eng) - the Greek word presbuteros has the basic meaning of
"one who is advanced in years or is mature of age." The concept that the word
communicates is that of a man with mature character. When used in the scripture
presbuteros describes a mature man who is a leader in the church. The word
presbuteros does not describe the job description of the man,
but instead the character of a mature man.

  The Pool of Bethesda and the five covered colonnades are described in John 5:1-15. Although the Crusaders and other Christians built over this site, which is just outside the north wall of the Temple Mount, there was no modern evidence of this site existing until late in the 1800's. Because of this, critics in the 1800's used the lack of evidence to support the historicity of the Pool of Bethesda as proof that the Gospel of John was not written by John and that it was not an authentic first century document. But, the Pool of Bethesda has been excavated and the walls that supported the five covered colonnades that John wrote about can be seen. There is still a natural source of water visible at the site of the ancient Pool of Bethesda. (See more here)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will seek to know the manifold wisdom of Christ revealed in this church age.
I will proclaim this unsearchable riches of Christ plainly to the people of my generation.
  "He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord."
Proverbs 18:22
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