TUESDAY 13TH OCTOBER, 2020
THEME: Manifold Love of Christ
PASSAGE: Ephesians 3:8–18
HYMN: MHB 437- MY Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine,
MEMORY VERSE: Ephesians 3:10-11 “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.”
It is no surprise that Paul holds the same God-centered view of salvation as the rest of Scripture. Ephesians 3:10 is one of the clearest verse in all of Paul’s writings tell us that our redemption is ultimately for the purpose of making the glory of the Lord known to His creation. We see that the creation of the church through the preaching of the gospel is designed to proclaim the manifold love of Christ to everybody.
Paul, as the Apostle to the Gentiles, had been called by God to reveal this aspect of God’s eternal plan. Paul reminded us that the plan expressed the “manifold” (that is, complex or multifaceted) plan of God. God is at work in the church, doing far more than we may imagine. What is important for us, however, is to realize that “in Him (Christ) and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence” (verse 12).
Having taken note of the manifold love of Christ, he prayed to express his desire for believers. To understand the depth of this prayer, we must note the context: it comes in a section in which Paul had been affirming the unity of a church made up of many differing individuals. Paul prayed that you and I (believers) “being rooted and established in love” might experience the love of God and be filled with His fullness.
What “love” are we to be established in? It is love for one another as members of the family of God! It is in the context of loving relationships within the church that we experience, through one another, the depths of God’s love. It is in this context that we grow to the fullness of Christ.
PRAYER: Lord, Plant in me the heart to love You and make known the manifold love of Christ to my generation in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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