GENTILES ARE PARTAKERS OF THE PROMISE OF CHRIST
The extent to which the Jews hated the Gentiles is reflected in their response to Paul’s speech in Acts 22:21-22. He told them that the Lord had told him that He would send him to the Gentiles. They then gave him audience, but then lifted up their voices and stopped Paul from speaking. In the text the Apostle explained that the Gentiles were part and parcel of the church. He was put in prison for that cause. He said he was given by God the stewardship for the Gentiles.
The “mystery” that he talked about was the ultimate purpose of the church according to God’s eternal decree. This was not previously revealed but now was the time of revelation. God’s programme for the Gentiles is spelt out in Christ’s commission to the Apostles and more so in the appointment of Paul. Paul said in Ephesians 3:5-6, “Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel.”
When God determined that the Gentiles should hear the gospel, it was Paul who was made an Apostle to them. He saw this as the work of the grace of God alone. The Ephesian church was basically a Gentile church and Paul addressed them as such. He declared the unsearchable riches of Christ. The mystery that had been hidden from generations was now revealed. In this there was the manifold wisdom of God now made known even in the spiritual world. It is God’s eternal purpose in Christ Jesus our Lord. This gave them boldness and access with confidence by faith. In this the Apostle told them not to be discouraged. You too must not be discouraged as a Christian.
THOUGHT: The Gentile church is here to stay.
PRAYER: Lord, may people of all nations be brought to salvation in Christ.