Stephen Watson's work "Plot Twist for Mutts" is a response to the theme of “strangers” and Ephesians 3:1-7.
Paul's Ministry to the Gentiles
1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 if ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: 3 how that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words; 4 whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ,) 5 which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6 that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel.
7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.
Through the gospel of Jesus, the Gentiles are fellow heirs with the Jews, members of the same body, and partakers of the same promises of God. Jesus redeems non-Jews—the mutts, the untouchables, the foreigners, the dark and wild ones—and includes them in the inheritance of the glorious riches of God. This unveiled mystery is the plot twist of all plot twists, the drawing back of the curtain, and the true light shining in the darkness.
Stephen Watson earned an M.F.A. in Art from The University of Alabama in 2013. He currently teaches for the art departments at The University of Alabama and Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa.