26 P E T E C H A R E T T E When you combine a ἵνα clause (so that) with a subjunctive verb, it often describes purpose, certain result, or in some cases, both. In both of our examples in Ephesians, what God purposes will come to pass. What does this mean for us? In 2:7, God seated us with Christ with the purpose and certain fulfillment that He would use us as examples of His grace in kindness toward us. In 3:10, He formed the Church with the purpose and certain fulfill- ment that His wisdom would be made known. That becomes our task. Maturing the Church’s disciples is the means by which she fulfills that task. What is meant by God’s wisdom? The Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels has a great definition: “In biblical thought wisdom has a wide range of meaning. Wisdom can mean simply the prac- tical skills and qualities which humans can acquire in order to live successfully, or wisdom can refer to God’s knowledge and creative power which transcend human scrutiny.”2 Think about the enormity of that for a moment. Not only does God rescue us from eternal separation from Him, but He does so by punishing His sinless Son in our place. He pours out grace on us continu- ally and restores our relationship with Him. He promises us a glorious inheritance, and He gives us the Holy Spirit as a down payment guaranteeing the promise. He gathers us together in this thing called Church, to build up one another, to support one another, to minister to others, and to reveal His wisdom. How awesome is our God! So, this begs the question, “To whom are we to be examples (2:6–7), and to whom do we reveal God’s wisdom (3:9–11)?” The kneejerk response the Church often provides is “the world.” And that’s not incorrect. But it is too small of a perspective. Evangelism, at its core, is revealing God to people who don’t know Him. But I am convinced there’s a bigger picture involved, one that has drastically changed my thoughts and focus on the 2 F.W. Burnett, Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1992) S. 873.