Last week I asked you to read Ephesians 3 as a prelude to the Lord’s teaching over the next few weeks. In that section of Scripture, Paul was busy encouraging the Ephesian church and in particular the gentiles (non-Jews):
Ephesians 3:6 (ESV)
6 This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
Later in the chapter he says:
Ephesians 3:14-16 (ESV)
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
For us gentiles this is an incredible part of God’s Truth. We too can partake of the Gospel of Jesus. We too have the hope of eternal life and so, according to Paul, we ought to bow our knees before our Heavenly Father in worship. It is from Him that all families in heaven and earth have been named.
At about the same time as Paul wrote to the Ephesians, he also wrote the letter to the Colossians. Over the coming weeks we will be seeking the Lord’s teaching through that letter, and in particular within the context of Christ’s superiority over all human traditions and philosophies. Now that we can stand tall as one family in Christ, let us never forget who Our Lord really is!
Colossians 1:17 (NLT)
17 He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.
It is by Him and for Him and through Him that we live. (Romans 11:36)
“Look dad, a superhero dressed up as a baby!” (Isaac, Age: 3)
These were the words my little 3 year old boy used to describe a picture of the baby Jesus in the manger at His birth. In Isaac’s simple manner he was able to discern the greatness and majesty of Jesus even in the form of a baby. The only word he could think of to describe what he could see was ‘superhero’. What word would you use to describe Jesus?