David is preaching tomorrow at South Bay and I am so excited about his message. He has a tall order . . . to introduce the concept of the trinity and cover God the Father in 30 minutes. The task has seemed daunting to him because really, who can sum up God the Father in a short talk? Thats like asking someone to . . . well . . . i guess there is no way to compare that assignment to anything. I think that is what is so difficult about teaching on the trinity. Any type of analogy you make eventually fails somehow because there is simply no way to encapsulate the Godhead into a pretty little package for people to take home like a party favor. That in itself makes my heart want to worship.
Tonight as David was talking through the flow of his message, we began looking at Ephesians together. I was completely overwhelmed by the manifold wisdom of God. I cherish the times when I know the Spirit illuminates some part of Scripture to actually reach my heart and not just my brain.
And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment–to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. Eph 1:9-10
This grace was given me; to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 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, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. Eph 3:8b-11
So often we hear the gospel with Christ on center stage, which He should be, because God wrote the whole play and put Him there. But tomorrow the spotlight will be on God the Father as the grand architect behind the redemption of all humanity.
Tonight I saw in a fresh way again the manifold wisdom of God. We looked up the word manifold. It means of many kinds; numerous; varied, or having numerous different parts, elements, features, forms. God is not linear. He is not bound by time. He is not cause and effect. God doesn’t just have the largest quantity of wisdom. He has manifold wisdom. That tells me that when I approach Him with something He sees every side of it. He surrounds it and sees every facet like a diamond. And He knows me this way too.
For all of history His redemptive plan was hidden like a mystery, and now we can see it! God, flood us with the magnitude of this message tomorrow. Unveil our eyes to see.