Ephesians 3

Author

Rob Schultz

Scripture

Ephesians 3:1-21

Observations

· Four times in this chapter Paul uses the word mystery. We first learn that God has revealed to Paul, by revelation, understanding and insight of this mystery of Christ.
· Paul understands that he’s been given a unique grace and calling to make known this mystery, which has not been revealed to other generations who worship God.
· This is the mystery: that through the gospel, Gentiles are also fellow heirs together with Israel of all the spiritual blessings (chapter 1) and together form one church with the Jews.
· This new church reveals the breadth of God’s wisdom to the “rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms.”
· Therefore, Gentiles can approach God by faith with freedom and confidence
· Paul then prays a prayer for the Ephesian church that emphasizes the faith and power that comes from the Spirit to grasp and know the extend of Christ’s love

Application

· The mystery that all people—Jew and Gentile, men and women, rich and poor are all one family in Christ yet the devil’s tried to cover up what Christ has done ever since. I need to live into the reality that all of God’s family is one family because of the gospel.
· What a prayer! I need to pray like Paul for the truth of the gospel to be clear to all.

Prayer

Holy Father, out of your glorious riches may you strengthen us with power through your Spirit in our inner being, so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith. And we pray that our church, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that we may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. In Jesus name, Amen.


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