Ephesians 1 pt 3

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 19:10 The Testimony of Jesus…
    One understanding of the testimony of Jesus is that he will return as the radiant King; and he will bring peace and righteousness to this earth when he establishes his kingdom and reigns from Jerusalem. 
  • Revelation 19:9 Invited
    The Church as a whole will be invited to the wedding as a corporate being but we will also be invited as individuals, by virtue of our personal salvation that we have received.For many of us who are not usually invited to high-society events and who are often left out and behind, this comes as a blessing indeed!
  • Revelation 19:7 Eager Anticipation
    In the same way, we are called to look forward to the day when we meet with Christ Jesus, on the day that he returns in power and glory. He is our blessed hope and our lives lived here on earth should be directed towards this coming moment. 
  • Revelation 19:7 A Wedding!
    I pray that we will live out our salvation with fear and trembling, and walk closely with our Lord, that we might walk with confidence and reassurance, knowing that we will be warmly welcomed and honoured as a guest, wearing the white robes of righteousness. 
  • Revelation 19:6 Hollering With Joy
    This side of glory, we pass through victories and defeats, as we march faithfully on. But even the most stoic and conservative amongst us might be forgiven here for ‘hollerin and a hooterin’ around the yard and throwing his hat up wildly in the air!

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