Revelation and Reconciliation

Revelation and Reconciliation

Ephesians 3:4-6

4 As you read what I have written, you will understand my insight into this plan regarding Christ. 5 God did not reveal it to previous generations, but now by his Spirit he has revealed it to his holy apostles and prophets.

6 And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 5:18-19

18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.

Central Truth

God has revealed Himself to us through his Son, Jesus Christ, so that we may know Him more fully, so that we would be reconciled to Him, and so that we would be reconciled to one another.

Devotional

Imagine living in a world where there is no evidence that God exists. No scripture. No historical or archaeological records. No evidence of creation or the performance of miracles. God would be a complete mystery to us. In fact, we probably wouldn’t even believe there was a God. And if there is a God, wouldn’t we want Him to reveal Himself to us? Somehow? Some way? He has!

Since the beginning of time, we see a pattern of God choosing to reveal Himself to us - through creation, prophets, angels, dreams, a burning bush, and most importantly, through His son, Jesus Christ. Christ lived with the purpose of making God known more fully. Jesus not only taught Godliness, He lived it. He revealed God’s character to us through His words and His actions. He more fully revealed the Father in death. He died a painful and agonizing death granting us eternal reconciliation to the Father. Through His resurrection, he defeated death. Even after His death, burial and resurrection, he continued to reveal Himself through His apostles, like Paul, and presently by His Holy Spirit.

I don’t have any kids but I’ve often thought the worst possible thing one can go through is seeing one’s child suffer. The closest thing I have to kids are two sweet, beautiful nieces. It pains me incredibly to see them suffer even though it might be something like a fall or having their feelings hurt by another child at school. God so desired to reveal Himself to us, and to provide eternal reconciliation, that he willingly watched His own Son suffer and die a painful and agonizing death.

On a lighter note, I’m reminded of a story David Singleton tells of playing Hide-and-Seek with his grandchildren. He would “hide” behind curtains or under a bed, somewhere with his feet sticking out. Sure, he could have hidden in a place where they would never find him. But he wanted to be found by them. He experienced great joy knowing they were seeking after him, and he experienced even greater joy being found by them. His desire was for them to seek him, and he provided the means by which they could find him. God is the same way. He desires for us to seek after Him, and He has provided the means for us to find Him.  He doesn’t want to be a mystery to us. He greatly wanted, and continually wants, to reveal Himself to us so that we might know Him more fully and enjoy communion with Him.

God has revealed Himself to the world, and He has provided a way for us to find Him. Are you seeking Him? What is separating you from intimate communion with God? Will you ask Him to remove that from your life so that you can enjoy the reconciliation he offers?

Questions to Ponder

  • Growing up, what were some differences of seeing others as “separate” did you experience?

  • Why do you think it’s such a natural tendency of people to have division and exclusiveness?

  • According to v. 6, what is the role of the church in revealing God’s message of inclusiveness?

  • Paul is consumed with making Christ known. To what degree does this consume your life?

Scripture Memory | April | Ephesians 1:7

“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.”

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