Monday, December 19, 2022

The gospel of God

Broadcast 3520

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Ephesians 3:4-6 (NET) When reading this, you will be able to understand my insight into this secret of Christ. Now this secret was not disclosed to people in former generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit, namely, that through the gospel the Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus.

When God called father Abraham, He called alone(Isaiah 51:2). There was no other version of Abraham in any other race under heaven. Abraham was to be the father of a separate race of people who would be so sanctified by God that they would be counted worthy to inherit God's kingdom. These people were to be God's own people on earth. God was to be their Lord and ruler. Their laws and customs were to come from God and not from demons(other gods) or common sense. When they misbehaved God disciplined them but never left them because of His covenant with Abraham(Jeremiah 46:28). 

As Abraham walked with God, he understood that his inheritance was beyond anything the world could build. He was willing to live as a wanderer because he knew he was receiving a city whose builder and maker is God(Hebrews 11:8-10). He rejoiced to see the Lord’s day: when the messiah is revealed and all things restored. God compensated him with visions; he saw the Lord’s day and was glad(John 8:56).

A proper Jew lived with a superior mentality because he understood that, unlike other nations, his own God is the creator and owner of the universe. He also understood that one day, God Himself would come and rule over the nations through His messiah, and the Jews would be by His side ruling and governing the universe from the administrative headquarters of Jerusalem(Isaiah 2:2, Zechariah 14:9-10).

The Jews understood that when the Messiah comes, He would establish his kingdom over the nations and they would be by his side. They understood that the coming of the Messiah is what would reveal their superiority over other races, and they lived in this light. But what many of them couldn't fathom was that the Gentiles too will be part of God's kingdom.

Now understand that the Gentiles were idol worshipers whose culture and conduct was not coherent with that of God's Kingdom. But through the power of the grace of Christ, those who were considered outcasts now have the privilege to have the divine nature and culture, and thus inherit the kingdom of God.

Go into today remembering to be thankful to God for including you in the covenant and blessings of Abraham. Because you are in Christ Jesus, you get to receive the gift of the Spirit and be an heir of God (Romans 8:17, Galatians 3:13).
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

Bible in one year: Ecclesiastes 7-8 (In today's audio) Credits: Bible (Bible Experience, Zondervan)

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