Ephesians 3:1-21, “1For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—
2Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 4In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. 6This 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.
7I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. 8Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
It has been a long time since the collective body of Christ was together. They haven’t all been in one place physically or spiritually. They haven’t agreed or gotten along on everything. Collectively, it’s a wonder we aren’t more fragmented than we are. Yet in verse six this one word is used thrice. And once more is the word used, for good measure, in verse eighteen. If we are all together members of the one and only body of Christ, attendees of the same church, as it were, then why is it so difficult to act like it?
Scripture doesn’t promise a Methodist a closer seat to Christ than a Lutheran, or a Southern Baptist a position in the choir rather than the Non-Denominationalist’s place in the band. Nowhere does it say a Pentacostal is on the right track and a Wesleyan is not. Now some have told me that our time on earth is sort a dress rehersal for heaven. If that is true than the church has failed miserably. So what do you say about getting our acts together?