From the Beginning, God Had a Plan
Written by: Elisabeth Lough
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I was chosen to explain to everyone this mysterious plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning. God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
- Ephesians 3:9 -10
From the beginning of the world, God had a special plan to include Gentiles (non-Jews) in His plan of salvation. He knew that Adam and Eve would choose to disobey Him in the Garden of Eden, and He knew that their descendants would need to be redeemed. Thus, God intended for both the Jews and the Gentiles to be saved from their sins.
In Ephesians 3:9-10, Paul is explaining this mystery to the Ephesian church. I am so thankful that God always intended for those who aren’t Jews to be able to come to know Him as their Lord and Savior.
The Jewish people have always been special to God. He chose them to be His people and for Him to be their God. The Bible reveals the unique nature of God’s relationship with Israel, including how He helps them, delivers them, and chastises them. Yet God did not forget those who were not Jewish.
Paul wrote in Romans 15:12, “And in another place Isaiah said, ‘The heir to David’s throne will come, and he will rule over the Gentiles. They will place their hope on him.’” In the Old Testament, it was foretold that the Gentiles would trust in the Lord and be able to have a relationship with Him.
In Acts 11:18, when the apostles and other Jewish believers first realized that God had given salvation to the Gentiles as well as the Jews, they “glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life” (Acts 11:18, KJV).
Praise the Lord that we don’t have to be Jewish to be saved! He gives us all, whether we’re Jewish or non-Jewish, even more than we deserve by offering us salvation and forgiveness from our sins.
Jesus died for the Jew and the non-Jew alike. Let us be glad and rejoice in the fact that God always intended to include both Jews and Gentiles in His plan for salvation.
1. How can we appreciate our salvation more knowing that God purposely planned to include both Jews and non-Jews in His plan for salvation?
2. What other passages of Scripture reveal God’s plan of salvation for the Jews and Gentiles?
Dear Jesus, I thank You and praise You for Your marvelous gift of salvation. Thank You for including me in Your plan of salvation and for making a way for me to be saved from my sins. You died for me on the cross specifically to save me from my sins and make a way for me to know You. Thank You for dying for me but also for not staying dead. You rose from the grave three days later and are alive today! Thank You for the Gospel and how it can change everyone’s life. Give us the boldness to share it with everyone we meet. We love You, Lord, and in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.