“. . . of God’s goodness, they believed that He would not deceive them, and since their intention was honest, He would help them in every way to reach their aim”
Today the Feast of the Epiphany ~ the visitataion of the Magi ~ is a good time to reflect on the Word made Flesh in regards to the fulfillment of the Father’s promise, precisely because of its extension to all nations. The great, perfect Plan of the Father is about all His children. Whereas He chose to bring us the Messiah through the “seed of Abraham,” it was in view of creating the “One New Man”
“…to give light to those who live in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace” (Lk 1:79).
“God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with him . . . For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God not because of works, lest any man should boast.”
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Therefore remember that…at one time you were separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were far off, have been brought near in the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility . . . that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone” (Eph 2:1-20; cf. Is 28:16).