One time Jesus asked this question. “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” Wow! Now that just about tells it all doesn’t it? How can we as believers confess Jesus Christ as Lord with our mouths on Sunday and live our lives like the devil the rest of the week?
I am not trying to condemn or ridicule anyone, but I am actually saying these things because of the pain I feel in my spirit. I watch day after day people’s lives that don’t add up. They claim Jesus as Lord, but if he is Lord why do they keep calling all of the shots in “their” so called life? The Bible is very clear that we are not our own we have been bought with a price. The price paid is very precious indeed; it is the life blood of Jesus himself.
Recently while studying the letter to the Ephesians I received a bit of enlightenment specifically in chapter 3. After Paul had told them of their being blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places, and they being the body of Christ in the first chapter; he went on to tell of how we are saved by grace through faith and not of works in the second. He ended the second chapter by telling them Jew and Gentile alike were one in Christ and were being built together to be a dwelling place of God.
As if that isn’t enough we now come to the third chapter. Here Paul tells us that he had received revelation concerning the mystery of Christ. He said in Christ the Gentiles were fellow heirs, fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ. Are you ready? Are you sure?
Just one more thing before we proceed. In the letter to the Colossians Paul had used similar language. He told them in 2:2 that God’s mystery was Christ himself. If it weren’t for God choosing to reveal these things to us we could in no way ever discover them.
Paul spoke often of the mysteries of God. In Ephesians it is shown to us the Kingdom of God is like a growing organism. Jesus compared it to a “mustard seed that grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”
Christ grew, as it were, out of God. The body or church, Jew and Gentile, are now growing out of Christ, and the manifold wisdom of God is to grow or come from the church. Ephesians 3:10 tells us “the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.” So now we can see that Jesus Christ didn’t die that unjust, painful, awful death just so we could have fire insurance.
The Bible tells us very clearly that “the whole of creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.” It is longing for the sons of God to be revealed. All of creation is looking intently to see what will happen when we “the sons of God” step up and take our rightful place in the kingdom.
In 1st Peter we are told that the prophets of old searched carefully to know what we now know. It goes on to say that even the angels long to look into these things. We have been given a role and purpose that even the angels desire to understand. Yet, we live our lives sometimes as though we are unable to overcome even the smallest slight to our feelings or hardship. We are more than conquerors in Christ. Could it really be true that one day we will judge angels and rule and reign with Christ?
I will end here quoting from Paul’s letter to the Galatians. He told them just as he would tell us, “My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you.” Please remember whose you are and the great price that was paid for you. Jesus said “He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with me on my throne, as I also overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.”
Written by Louie