Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Ephesians 3:9 comments: who created all things by Jesus Christ

9  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:

Interestingly, modern versions giving precedence primarily to the authority of the Codices Sinaiticus and Vaticanus, among a few small other manuscripts deny here the entire first part of the Gospel of John where Jesus is said to be the Word by which the universe was created. The NIV, The NASV, The Message, The HCSB, and others have removed “by Jesus Christ.”  If that removal isn’t shocking and disconcerting to you as a Christian that is a sad thing.

John 1:3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Colossians 1: 15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Paul says that part of his goal is to “make all men see” the mystery that he mentioned previously, that the Gentiles could join in with the believing Jews and become a part of God’s plan of redemption. All men will not see, though. Even God, whose will it is that all men be saved, finds that will frustrated by man’s free will as He does not force anyone to believe Him or trust in Him.

1Timothy 2:4  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

In the Bible it is important to note the two kinds of “all.” There is “all” without exception and there is “all” without distinction. One is all as in “everyone will” and one is all as in “everyone could”.  And, as Paul would admit, all men will not see.

Paul is called to reveal the mystery of the body of Christ. It’s a mystery to the Old Testament prophets. The first great type of the body and bride of Christ, the church, is Eve, and there is Ruth, and Rebecca, and so many others but the prophets just didn’t see that God was going to reach out to all humankind through the church.

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