This song is so good. This combined with John Pipers part is mind blowing.
2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.
Could you imagine being the people who received this letter along with the others that Paul wrote? It would be SOOO annoying to see a man who was oppressing the Church be chosen to carry the message out to everyone… lol just thought about that. It’s a beautiful story of redemption, but still maybe annoying 🤣
4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
So… I’m pretty sure we all just read over that quickly and thought, “there’s nothing here for me.” However, do you see that this passage is all about you, all about me?
The same annoying story about Paul can be said about you. You were oppressing God’s people whether in action or in thought yet God pulled you in. You’re such a turd… just like me… but God uses us.
Before Christ we were the dogs that came to the table and ate the scraps of righteousness. We were not a joint worker in God’s story of redemption. The Jews had been chosen and had been the instrument in which God used for His plan, until Christ. He came and knocked down those walls that divided us and them. He turned to us who were mere dogs coming to the table eating the scraps of righteousness and extended His hand to us! We are now a part of this whole thing!! Can you truly grasp that? I mean, you and I the very ones who would have stood in the outside courts in the temple, unable to come close to the place of redemption… now we are partners with Him. We are ministers of God’s righteousness. The mystery which had been hidden for so many years included US!! Sister. Brother. We are chosen by God the creator to house His Spirit and reach the lost world. We have been moved from beggars to princes of righteousness!!
I honestly feel like writing about this for a century, and I will now do that: lol jk. I wont belabor the point, but guys this is an incredible thing that has happened!!!
Spend 1 minute thanking God that He allowed you access into His family, gave you a purpose, and pulls you along with Him now giving you opportunities to preach righteousness!!!! Then spend 2-3 minutes asking Him to help you truly embrace your part of this. Embrace it, and flourish in it. You my friend are a minister of righteousness, just as capable of being used as any other human being. Welcome to the team.
Don’t forget that He who was righteous and above all things drew you in close to partner with you to reach the lost world… Do not forsake that and do not avoid doing the same for those who are far off. The very sinner you see as hopeless may been the chosen child who will be preaching and leading the church into a reformation!!