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and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.
There is a twofold plan playing out here. First, God is saving the world. In Christ, He has brought together those that were able to be faithful and righteous and keep the Law wholeheartedly (and have faith in God’s mercy for their failures) and the people that were hopeless. The
The trick is, God never intended to exclude the Gentiles. At some point, the truth of God’s word was overcome by patriotism, and all foreigners to the homeland were rejected. The religious leaders hated foreigners, even though God had told them through the prophets and even Moses He defends the cause of the fatherless and the
So once God saves the world,
This is why Paul says this is the manifold wisdom of God on display. The word manifold only appears once in the New Testament. It is
John Wesley wrote hymns to folks songs. The Apostle Paul quoted Greek poets. Five Iron Frenzy (best band ever!) humiliated themselves with silliness and Phil N. Orange preaches the Gospel to kids while drawing inspiration from a movie that reviewers say is “A silly movie that’s definitely not for kids.” In God’s wisdom, He is using every one of us, as different as we are, to get the word of His salvation out to everyone, as different as they are.