And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Ephesians 3:9-11)
The Lord Jesus Christ is the Revelation of God and the Revealer of man. There are things that we are often persuaded need to be done, but these are already ours in Him. We just need to have the eyes of our understanding enlightened to perceive what we already share with Him in this oneness and co-identification. This is what the ministry of the Apostle Paul was about. His apostolate of Paul was one of enlightenment. He makes clear what we share in common with Christ in this sacred secret.
The true ministry of heralding and exegeting Christ and His saving act is to unclose and disclose that which is already true. I am not speaking of something that is yet to happen. I am referring to you in terms of what is already so. We are an intricate part of something that was established in the heart of God before time began. God has a plan. God is perfect. A perfect God can only conceive a perfect plan. Relax, take in a deep breath, and realize that God’s perfect plan is working perfectly for you.
It is an overwhelming privilege to be entrusted with sharing what God knows. This persuasion of God is the basis of our confidence. God’s glorious generosity is His astounding opinion of you revealed in Christ Jesus. He is not thinking of what He has to do to make you; He is persuaded of what you are in Christ Jesus. What we are in Christ is immutable; it is a perfect masterpiece. As the Church, we are the body of Christ; we have co-heredity, co-allotment, and co-regency with Christ Jesus. These untraceable riches have been bestowed to us as a result of what we have been made in Christ. He became what we were so we would be made what He is. We will never come to the point where we think we have understood all that this entails. We have been included in the shared Life of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; into their shared love and shared light wherein they know each other and to know Christ is to know Eternal Life. Our knowledge of Christ is ever-increasing.
In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. (Ephesians 3:9-12)
After presenting all that we share in common with Christ Jesus, in His untraceable riches, in the glorious generosity of God, Paul sums it up in the twelfth verse. He makes use of an in-Christ preposition, “in whom” to refer to “in Christ,” the sum of revelation. There are three emphases with the term “in Christ.” The first describes the “what,” which speaks of the science of our being: What are we made in Christ? We are what He is. Secondly, it speaks of the “where;” wherever He is, we are as well. What is declared to be in Him is the revelation of a position wherein we currently share. Thirdly, it speaks of relation; it speaks of the “who.” In other words, how we are genetically compatible with Him; how we are one, how we share all that is in Him. In Him, we have boldness and access with “confidence by the faith of Him.”
The access that we have in Christ speaks of the introduction Jesus the Christ has given us into His Sonship status. We have been placed into the rights and privileges of being the sons of God. We have access to the Father, the right of approach. There are many applications of how we use the sonship nearness we have with the Father. Just as Jesus Christ is in the bosom Son of the Father, the Son who reveals the heart of the Father, so are we in Him. We have been introduced into that shared filial status. This is the apex of grace. The access we have to relate with the Father as the sons of God gives us confidence and boldness.
We are living in challenging times. But you can live confidently and fearlessly in challenging times. What happened in the greatest event of all time has forever settled us, no matter what happens. We do not need to verify our outward world’s conditions to see if they conform to our persuasion. We have been given access, the right of speech, to address the Father as the Son of God in the communion of the Holy Spirit. This gives us confidence that we may have boldness by His faith. Trust in God is internal. But this trustful confidence is expressed outwardly in the form of boldness.
This article is an extract from the series, “Undaunted – The Fearless Life in Christ” by Dr. Shawn Smith. For the complete series, please, visit gcmonlinestore.com