How The Gospel Story Connects To My Story – Day 9 – Ephesians 3.1-7

Perhaps you have had friends who were part of a wealthy family.  They could count on receiving significant amounts of money, land or other property when their relations pass on.  They were in line to inherit some good things because of their family.  Perhaps you have known people were enriched by another kind of inheritance: genetics.  Your friend came from an unusually athletic, or artistic or academic family, and, wouldn’t you know it, he was a “chip off the old block”.  In these verses, Paul tells us that he has been tasked with proclaiming a beautiful mystery that God has just revealed to the world through Jesus.  What is it?  “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.” (v. 6)  What this means is that the children of God, no matter where they come from, are in line to receive a spiritual inheritance.  It is the inheritance of Jesus … the Son of God.  Let that sink in.  If you are a follower of Jesus then you are in line to inherit His spiritual blessings and everything that goes along with them.  You know what?  The blessings that come Jesus’ way are the size of the universe.  You can’t measure them.  They are joy everlasting and dominion over a new creation.  That is quite an inheritance, and there are many people in the world who have a hard time believing that such an inheritance could ever belong to someone like them.  That is why Paul is so burdened to tell the church that, “it doesn’t matter where you come from or what your background is.”  God doesn’t care.  He doesn’t just save and bless the people you think that He should.  He saves every kind of person and transforms them into a family member.  Lord, help us to marvel at our inheritance in Christ and to believe that others can partake of it too.

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