Ephesians 1 pt 3

Ephesians 1  ‘Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God

The original twelve disciples, that were sent out by Jesus, became eleven when Judas came to his demise. The disciples chose a replacement but this did not work out for it was Jesus’ desire that Paul should become the twelfth apostle. 

Paul was very different than the others by nature of his upbringing.  He was born in Tarsus and brought up in Jerusalem under the tutelage of Gamaliel. He had become a fervent and well-taught Pharisee.

Many in the church had misgivings of Paul joining their ranks. After all, he had previously been a zealous persecutor of the Church. And he was not a fisherman. And he did not have a rough Galilean accent!

I am just surmising here:

I could imagine a scenario where Peter and John and the other disciples would be sitting eating their supper, reminiscing of when they had gone fishing with Jesus and perhaps some joke he had told them about the Pharisees. They would laugh at the memory.

But Paul had never been part of this small group of disciples and may well have felt left out.

And so I dedicate this post to those who sometimes feel left out. In the church, like any social group, we have circles and inner circles, and these can easily become cliques where like-minded persons gather close together and shun others who are not like them.

Praying this morning that we will all have the wisdom and kindness to reach out and include those on the fringe of the church that they may feel a part of the church.

And praying for those, like myself, who are sometimes shy and lacking in social skills, who often feel awkward and foolish in groups, that we might feel welcome and hugged by the church.

Merry Christmas!

Please push the blue buton to read my short e-book The Radiant King.

and my previous posts:

  • Revelation 11 pt 4
    The different expressions for the same period of time would also show that they are actual measurements of time that are not to be spiritualised into something of our own making. This period of time will actually happen. It will be the final three-and-a-half years before Christ Jesus returns in power and glory!
  • Revelation 11 pt 3
    The building of the Third Temple and the beginning of the daily sacrifice will bring such joy to many of the people of Israel. The treachery of the end-time beast and his desecration of the temple will be the final straw that will weaken the pride of Israel and prepare them in brokenness to receive Christ Jesus as their Messiah when he returns in power and glory. 
  • Revelation 11 pt 2
    A Third Temple must be built and the sacrifices and grain offerings to commence, so that the end-time beast can arise, bring a halt to the daily sacrifice and desecrate the temple in order to fulfil prophecies of both Jesus and Daniel.
  • Revelation 11 pt 1
    There has always been a great expectation that a Third Temple will be built although there are clear challenges to hurdle, not least the opposition of other world religions that hold political control over the Temple Mount. Political wrestling goes on regarding the future development of the Temple and the will and expectation grows more acutely with every passing year. 
  • A Prayer For Afghanistan
    May a spirit of praise and worship be lifted up amongst the hearts of Christians in Afghanistan, even though the praise may need to be covert and sung under their breath, may it be joyous and contagious.

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