For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— 2 assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. 4 When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. 6 This mystery isthat the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
No one is left out of the gospel. Jesus died for everyone. The “mystery” that Paul was referring to is that the Jews and Gentiles were now equal heirs in the one body of Christ. In the body of Christ, all are fellow heirs, fellow members, and fellow partakers. This was a radical change to hear back then. In the Old Testament times, the Jews and Gentiles were separated. When Jesus died, he got rid of that separation, allowing all to come to Him.
No one person deserves God’s grace. We need to avoid falling in the trap of thinking that we are better than others. For we are all sinners who fall short of the glory of God and are saved by His grace through faith. It’s not our works that make us righteous, but the works of Jesus. His works paid the debt for sin for all.
Have you ever been left out of something before? How did that make you feel?
Is it ok for Christians to disagree? What would be an example of a healthy disagreement?
How can we show God’s grace to other believers when we believe they are in the wrong?