๐Ÿ‘‘ Our Manifest Destiny

โ€œIn hope of eternal life, which Godโ€ฆpromised before the world beganโ€ (Titus 1:2).

In the Law of Moses, God promised the people of Israel that they could โ€œliveโ€ (Lev. 18:5)โ€”liveย eternallyโ€”if they kept His commandments.ย  We know thatโ€™s what Leviticus 18:5 meant because the Lord Jesusย quotedย that verse to a Jewish man seeking eternal life (Lu. 10:25-28).

But God promised us Gentiles eternal lifeย beforeย the Law, even โ€œbefore the world began.โ€ย  But unlike the promise of life He made to the Jews in the Law, He didnโ€™tย revealย His promise to us Gentiles for thousands of years!ย  Speaking of that promise (Titus 1:2), Paul added,

โ€œBut hath in due timesย manifestedย His word through preaching,ย which is committed unto meโ€ฆโ€ย (Titus 1:3).

When God finally decided to reveal His promise to give the Gentiles eternal life, He โ€œmanifestedโ€ itย through Paul.

If youโ€™re not sure what that word โ€œmanifestedโ€ means, it is well defined in something the Lord said about things that had not yet been revealed about Godโ€™s prophetic program for Israel:

โ€œโ€ฆnothing isย secret,ย that shall not be madeย manifest,ย neither any thingย hid,ย that shall not beย knownโ€ฆโ€ย (Luke 8:17).

So to make somethingย manifestย means to makeย knownย something that wasย secretย orย hidden.ย ย That means when Paul says that God โ€œmanifested His word through preaching, which is committed unto me,โ€ he meant that he preachedย a secretย that had beenย hidย but now wasย made known.

Paul wasnโ€™t just called on to reveal the mystery that God promised eternal life to Gentiles before the world began.ย  He was called on to revealย the fellowshipย of the mystery, something he explained a few verses earlier in that passage when he said,

โ€œโ€ฆGodโ€ฆmade known unto me the mysteryโ€ฆthat the Gentiles should beย fellowheirsย andย of the same bodyโ€ฆโ€ย (Ephesians 3:2-6).

Theย fellowshipย of the mystery is that Gentiles could not only have eternal life, they could beย fellowย orย equal*ย members of โ€œthe same body,โ€ the Body of Christ, with Jewish believers.ย  And Paul was raised up to make this equality manifest.

In the 19thย century, many Americans believed that it was the โ€œmanifest destinyโ€ of the United States that our nation would expand across North America.ย  But in the 1stย century, the Apostle Paul made it manifest that even Gentiles like us are destined to live eternally as equal heirs with Jewish believers in the Body of Christ for all eternity.ย ย Glory! source

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