It’s rather unfortunate that many people in the church as religiously inclined and active as they may seem often fail to actualize for themselves the rich resources and blessings available to them in Jesus Christ via the word of God. Hence, they tend to miss out of the precious spiritual jewels embedded as their possessions as people of faith. It is a sad note that a current statistics indicates only about 13% of Church people daily meditate on the truth of God’s word in our generation. This is what we mean by “Hidden Blessings in Knowing Jesus Christ” as the above title suggests. We will be opening our eyes in the next few weeks to the hidden blessings that abound for us through the eye and revelation of Apostle Paul in His epistle to the Ephesian Church which is also intended for the universal Church where Jesus Christ is being proclaimed as Savior and Lord.
The Bible scholars declare the purpose of Paul’s letter of Ephesians as being to strengthen the believers in their Christian faith by explaining the nature and purpose of the church, the body of Christ. The understanding of the Church today as well as what seems prevalent leaves much to be desired. Today’s church seems to be gradually losing its spiritual purpose and focus with Jesus Christ as its center. Rather, we see more politicking and partisanship with the promotion and degrading of one political view point or another. We see those who claim to be called of God to preach and teach and serve as servant leaders in their respective churches openly belittling their spiritual and moral compass for their worldly political and fleshly appetite. While we are to participate in politics because it affects our life and wellbeing, we are to let the biblical principles influence our political involvement. Another disturbing scenario in today’s Church is sexual immorality and abuse among rank and file as well as some leadership. Hence, the epistle of Paul hereby referenced would be a helpful tool to today’s church as to who God as called us to be and the purpose thereof. A prominent key reference in the book by which you and I ought to see and believe ourselves is as follows.
“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” (4:4-6). That is us dwelling together in unity of purpose through our transformed lives by Christ Jesus. As Paul said in another text, we are no longer to conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the daily renewal of our minds (Romans 12:2).
That’s the new creation we are with all the rights and benefits therefrom. Dr. Johnson Omoni