Purposed In Christ
Purposed In Christ
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding 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. Ephesians 1:7-10
A father and son worked on a model train set in the basement of their home. They has spent long hours designing, building and painting the layout. Each day the boy would wait until his dad came home from work so they could play with the train-set. One day, the dad was greeted at the door by his teary eyed son, who told him the model train set was broken—it no longer worked. Despite being plugged in, there was no power traveling to the locomotive. Slowly, they re-checked each joint, making sure nothing was disconnected, loose or broken. Finally, they found the problem—a small metal clip had fallen across the tracks, which short circuited the entire train-set. Despite the unlimited power from the grid, one small metal clip had shut down their train lay out.
In Tuesday’s small group we have been studying the book of Isaiah. In attempting to understand the references and prophecies, the entire group has been amazed and challenged by the depth of what was revealed to the prophet and what was revealed to the people. Our attempt as understanding has reminded the group of just how small we “humans” are before the divine wisdom and direction of God. There is so much that we are not allowed to know until revealed to us.
In studying chapter 11 of Isaiah, we see the qualities of the promised Messiah. The messiah will have the Spirit of the Lord upon him; he will have the Spirit of wisdom and understanding; he will have the Spirit of counsel. One question asked of the group was: do you realize that these qualities of the Messiah are promised to us, as believer, in the New Testament? How? The answer is by the Holy Spirit. Consider how deep Paul’s statements are about “us” being a part of God’s plan that was in place before time.
Let’s return to the story of the boy and the model railroad. Do we believe in what scripture tells us about the power that comes from being adopted into God’s redemption plan? Are we living with power, hope and purpose or are we withdrawn and defeated? Like that boy and his train-set, somehow as I look at the world, the church seems to be short circuited with its message and its conviction based on scripture. This shouldn’t be!
The message of the empty tomb is only the beginning. We have redemption, forgiveness and the riches of God’s grace. What will you do with it?
Yours In Christ,