Most people have no idea how many Christians there are in the world: More than 2 billion people claim to be followers of Jesus Christ. Malicious leaders have tried to destroy it, hostile groups have persecuted it, and sceptics have scoffed at it. Nevertheless, God’s Church is bigger now than ever before in history.
Every day 60,000 new people come to believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour? By the end of today, thousands of new churches will be started throughout the world, and that will happen tomorrow and the next day and the next.
But the growth of the Church isn’t the glory of the Church.
Paul is pouring out his heart regarding the mystery revealed to him by the grace of God that all are one in Christ. The Jew and the Gentile are worshippers in this new Temple. Then we have these words:-
His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. (Ephesians 3:10-12)
What a beautiful word ‘manifold’ is and how important during these times to use it.
It means many-coloured and we see the beauty of it in the embroidered cloths and woven carpets.
Nothing in the world compares with the Church. It is manifold. It is a multi-racial and a multi-cultural community.
It is this intent of Christ, the Church, that the rulers and authorities, the earthly and heavenly societies and social structures are confronted with. What do they see?
They are looking at a Prismatic community of people of all ages, of all colour, of all social and cultural background, of all race and tribes, of all languages, together in a united one voice of worship to God.
The Church is a prism because the light of God rebounds off our oneness telling them something about God that the rulers and authorities did not know.
The light of God refracts through human life and human reconciliation.
More of God can be seen through us than can be seen without us.
Our diversity is a gift to the physical and spiritual world which marginalises or kills those who are different.
The message? All “may approach God with freedom and confidence.”