Speaker: Jerry Cisar
Gilbert Highet, renowned scholar and charismatic teacher, said, “Anyone who reads the Bible and isn’t puzzled at least half the time doesn’t have his mind on what he’s doing.” This Sunday’s text, Ephesians 3:7-13, always puzzles me. Yet something draws me in, something always makes me think, “I know this is huge!”
In Ephesians 3:10, to be specific, Paul is calling us to a radical subversiveness. Not against earthly governments but against earthly values, against the idea that you are the center of the universe and that the greatest good is for you to be happy, or for you to reach your fullest potential. Against the idea that the greatest among us are those who lead, those who take charge. Against the idea that greatness is experienced by those at the head of the table, those who get greeted, rather than ignored, in the marketplace, those who get invited to all the important events, those who get called rabbi, teacher, or pastor. Against the idea that wealth and power equals greatness.
You might read Ephesians 3:10 and think, “Where does it say all that?” Great question. In this message, we explore Paul’s radical call to lives that will subvert the powers of darkness and their stranglehold over this world.