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Ephesians 3:4-6
Monday, January 28 2013

The Salvation Mystery...

Old Testament questions are answered:

When you read this you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to human beings in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit, that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. -Ephesians 3:4-6, NAB

In Genesis, God promised Abraham, "All the nations of the earth shall find blessing - all this because you obeyed my command (Genesis 22:18, NAB)."  Many wondered how this would come to pass since only the Jews had been God's chosen people.  This was the salvation mystery.

The Old Testament centered and focused on the lives of the Jewish people.  God's interaction was solely with them, but He had always promised that, one day, salvation would come to all nations, and God always fulfills His promises.

Through Christ, a New Covenant was made not just with the Jews - but with all of mankind, opening the gates of Heaven to Jews and Gentiles alike.  Jesus fulfilled the promise given to Abraham as He solved the salvation mystery.  Christ's sacrificial act changed the world forever.

St. Paul was given the task, by Christ Himself, to spread the Gospel to all nations.  The other Apostles also began preaching in foreign lands, and soon, the Good News had been shared around the world.  Despite the primitive means of communication and transportation 2,000 years ago, the message of Christ spread like a wildfire.

Abraham was promised that all nations would be blessed because of his faithfulness, and that message continues today.  Any nation that remains faithful will find blessings as children of God.

NOTE: On Saturdays, I will now be posting reflections for the Saturday evening and Sunday morning Mass readings.  Sundays will continue to be special topics based on relevant current events, and weekdays will continue to focus on a given book of the Bible (which is currently Ephesians).

 

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