In Ephesians 3:1-13, Paul has profound words from the Lord revealing to him the universal importance of his particular ministry. Paul also proceeds to explain how his ministry was just one small part of God’s overall purpose for his church and how each one of us shares in a vast sphere of influence of not only earthly impacts, but heavenly ones.
Verses 9-10 of that chapter present the essence of our purpose, not only as individual saints, but also as a corporate body. God definitely showered us with unmerited favor (grace) to not only save us from sin and its eternal consequences, but “to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ,” Ephesians 3:9. Jehovah via Jesus uses us and the whole church to make it obvious to the whole world of humankind just how much wisdom has to be involved in making all of creation continually operational in the midst of its flaws caused by man. Then he goes further to demonstrate the mystery of his Supreme wisdom in offering an incredible spiritual remedy to mankind’s rebellion and recklessness by coming to Earth as a man, dying for man’s sins and resurrecting himself to counteract the destructive effects we’ve had on Earth.
However, that remedy which was kept a mystery for so long but now is openly manifest in his church not only helps the earthly realm, but the spiritual realm also. According to Ephesians 3:10-11 God formed his church through Jesus “[t]o the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, [a]ccording to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” When we carry out ministry to God’s glory, we not only teach humans by our deeds, we’re also teaching angels.
Imagine that! Angels were around before us and have had plenty of time to gather more knowledge than us, but they still have a lot to learn. As feeble as we are in comparison to them, we’re teaching them. Our redeemed souls with all the benefits we receive through the Holy Spirit and each other teach them innumerable things pertaining to God’s wisdom. Hebrews tells us angels are ministering spirits to us, the church, but we inadvertently minister to them also.
Links to other worlds are sought through extraterrestrials and multiverses, but the only true beneficial link to life in another realm is the link God created to angels when his saints in a variety of life’s situations end up glorifying God through ups and downs, successes and failures. We are impacting the lives of angels more than we may know. And in saying that, I in no way am talking about trying to contact angels through prayer or any other way since that violates God’s laws. I’m merely pointing out our works should be carried out with deliberation and reverence because we don’t know what impact we will have on our fellow man or on angels watching us in the spirit realm.