Wednesday, 20 July 2016
DCLM Daily Manna, July 20 2016 by Pastor Kumuyi - A Vessel unto Honour
Topic: A Vessel unto Honour [July 20, 2016]
Text: Ephesians 3:1-12
Key Verse: "Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ" (Ephesians 3:8).
Experience has shown that it is very dangerous to write off a man because of his present status. Paul, a former persecutor of believers, received pardon and was sent to preach to the Gentiles — a race that was thought to be outside the commonwealth of Israel.
The truth that Gentiles would become "fellow heirs, and of the same body and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel" was formerly a mystery that has now been revealed to Paul. This is the thrust of the passage under consideration. Paul realised the purpose of his conversion. He was to declare to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. Paul was not just satisfied with knowing the mystery revealed to him; he was not content with reaching out to the Gentiles, but he accepted as part of his ministry, "to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God…" Paul pursued this revelation to a logical conclusion.
Through his ministry, those who had no hope of eternal life became partakers. Those who were doomed to eternal damnation were rescued. Today, it is our to toe the path of service and commitment as the apostle did. Despite the deluge of challenges and troubles which crowded Paul, he moved on to accomplish the very purpose for which he was saved. We must ensure that we are not slowed down by whatever circumstances surrounding us.
Thought for the day: I am born to serve.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.