A Note from Our Pastor:
“To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,”Ephesians 3:10
Good Morning Dearly Beloved,
In verse nine of this chapter, the Apostle tells us that the preaching of the gospel in the church is for the purpose of revealing the mystery of God. The central piece of that mystery being the salvation of the elect. Thus, by preaching the truth of the salvation of the elect we are revealing unto one another a portion of the mystery of God.
Now in verse ten, the apostle continues with the theme that the church is an actor in revealing the wisdom of God. It is vital to understanding this verse to recognize that the church is a part of the revelation not the recipient of the revelation of the mystery.
Furthermore, we must understand who are the principalities and powers in heavenly places here referred to. This reference is not to earthly powers such as kings, prime ministers, or presidents because they do not sit in power in heavenly places. This reference is not to the church or the children of God in the church because the church is revealing the mystery not the recipient of the revelation. The reference here is to the angels, who reside in heavenly places and hold great power. They are the principalities and powers in heavenly places.
Throughout scripture it is well recorded and well taught that the angels are not subjects of salvation. They were created by God, they are spirit beings, they are at the command of God, but they were not created in such a way to be included among those that are saved. What the scriptures tell us in fact is that they look upon the elect of God with wonder trying to understand the story of salvation.
Thus, the Apostle is telling us in this verse that the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the church is also for the purpose of revealing the wisdom, purpose, and plan of God for his elect unto the angels. A high calling indeed.
Our Prayers are with you daily,