Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Ephesians 1:9-10 NIV 2011

He made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

 

The mystery in Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus is the same word he used in letters to the Romans and Colossians. Colossians 1:27, “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of God’s purpose. Romans 5:6, “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” All are reconciled, saved, through Jesus Christ. Colossians 1:20, “and through him to reconcile himself all things…by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” God reconciled all things through Christ Jesus.

 

The skies darken, thunder rolls and the heavens give way to high winds followed by a deluge of rain; life in Central Ohio. God remains in complete control bringing unity. What is reconciliation? Merriam Webster defines it thus, “the act of causing two people or groups to become friendly again after an argument or disagreement.” This is a difficult concept to pursue currently in the world in which we live. Daily God graciously reconciles anyone that chooses to follow Jesus Christ.

 

How do we reconcile with others?

 

Reconciled through Jesus,

S

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