Ephesians 3:1-13 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called "the uncircumcision" by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands...
think about it.
The Gentiles (non-Jews) started out without hope and without God; what did Jesus do to change that (2:13-16)? What is the new condition of the Gentiles who believe (2:18-21)? How has Jesus brought you peace?
Paul continues explaining how salvation through Jesus is available to non-Jews in Ephesians 3:1-13. But it's what Paul says before he really gets into this point that spoke to me. Typically I read the daily assigned passage a number of times as I consider what it is that I want to blog about. As I did that today, I kept coming back to verse 4. "When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ." (emphasis added)
Satan loves to fill our minds with all kinds of reasons why we can't or shouldn't read God's Word. Things like: I can't understand it; it's too difficult; I don't have much education so it's too deep; the Bible is really for Bible scholars. Well guess what? None of them are true. The Bible is God speaking directly to us, and it's how He reveals His heart and mind to us. Are we going to understand every little thing we read? Not likely, but we will understand some things. And really, that's part of the beauty of God's Word. The more we're in it, the more God reveals to us which, in turn, grows our relationship with Him.
How do you go about taking in and understanding God's Word? I know for me, it's really a process. What I mean by that is I can read the same passage several days in a row, and God will add to my understanding and show me something else each time I go back. What's your experience? Tami W.
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