Ephesians 3:1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles— 2 if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, 3 how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, 4 by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), 5 which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: 6 that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, 7 of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.
Paul is the Christ ordained apostle to the Gentiles.
Paul was given divine revelation from Christ about “The Mystery.”
That Paul may declare, ordain and release upon us The Dispensation of Grace.
This mystery was hidden in the preceding ages but is now released by the Holy Spirit to Christ’s holy apostles and prophets. (an awesome reason for Holy Spirit to come.)
The Mystery is this: That through Christ’s invitation, all Gentiles can be fellow heirs with Christ believing Jews of all the promises of God, and become that ONE body— that One New Man of Christ.
And God’s grace was given through the working of God’s power to Paul so that he may activate the New Covenant Church of Christ believing Jews and believing Gentiles.
This is the mystery: that we are fellow heirs of all God’s gracious promises if we believe.
Ephesians 3: 13 Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. 14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Dearly beloved, may you not lose heart at tribulations, whether yours or your loved ones in Christ. There is glory in our tribulations if we stand up for Christ. Christ in you is the hope of glory. Therefore take your IDENTITY from God and IDENTIFY with Him on a day to day, moment by moment basis. Live your identity in Christ. Thus we bow our knee to God the Father, who is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. And Christ incarnate on earth did say, if you have seen me, you have seen the Father. And thus we know who the Father is in attitude, principle and in relationship. For the Son revealed him to us and also showed us how to be sons of the Most High— waiting on Him, watching what He does, and saying what He says.
So be strengthened with MIGHT through the activation of Holy Spirit in you. Let the might of the Holy Spirit flow through your spirit and flood your soul and body. And let Christ dwell lively in you as your Saviour, Healer, Deliverer, Forgiver, Cleanser and Strengthener activating your faith continually in God.
Pay attention to Love, and be rooted and grounded continually in Love, for God is LOVE and thus the prime fruit of the Spirit is Love. Therefore, love is the Source, the vine, the sap, the bud, the blossom and the fuit. Be rooted and grounded in love so you can bear the fruit of love, and together with all the saints comprehend love which is Godly divine and holy love. For only then will we be filled with all the fullness of God— by the might of the Spirit in us, the faith of Christ activated by the indwelling Christ, and the grounding and rooting and knowledge of ourselves in the love of the Father.
Ephesians 3: 10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, 11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.
Now we understand that we who have received Christ have a part to play in revealing God’s manifold wisdom in Christ to the principalities and power in heavenly places. This revelation is not one they are seeking, but rather resisting. Therefore, we will only accomplish such through our authority in Christ and the power of God that backs the authority. To this end, we must access the presence and power of God by the exercise of our faith in boldness and confidence through Christ. OUR ACTIVE AND DYNAMIC CONNECTION WITH CHRIST BY THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THROUGH FAITH IN HIM, HIS NAME AND HIS WORD is the vehicle of the unveiling of Christ in us for every generation.
Ephesians 3: 12 in WHOM we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.
Ephesians 3:10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God …, 11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,…be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places
THE UNVEILING OF THE MYSTERY: God wants the truth— His manifold wisdom— made known to all, including principalities and powers in heavenly places, that Christ was sent as a propitiation for our sins. And that He, Christ, the Son of God, redeemed unto God a people made righteous by grace through faith in Him and his sacrifice— a people who are blessed of the Father and empowered by the Holy Spirit for now and through all eternity. Thus CHRIST TOOK BACK HIS CREATION!
Ephesians 3:9 …and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ;10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places,
The intent of God is that the Church/ His Body is taught the unsearchable riches and the mystery of fellowship in Christ so that the Church can make known the wisdom of God to the principalities and powers— that is the church is to educate by demonstration so that all others including principalities and powers may KNOW by experience the insurmountable power of God in and through Christ, in and through the redeemed Church. Thus God would restore the right order that was lost during the fall, that man may be restored to righteous relationship with God, the creator, and as well the created things.
Ephesians 3:9 …and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ;
Paul states that he is called to expose the definition, description and truth of “the fellowship of the mystery”. which has been hidden in God from the beginning. And the first of this mystery is that God created all things through Christ. Christ is the catalyst of creation. This immediately refers us to John’s Gospel. John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
This scripture then gives us revelation that Christ is the Word. Christ is from the beginning. Christ is with God and of God. He is the Word that exists in God and is a part of God. And that everything that was made, was made by God through Him/ the Word. Then we receive that there is LIFE in the WORD/ CHRIST. That this Life is Light. Thus Christ is/ and the Word is life and light: knowledge, truth, perspective, imagination, well-being, wholesomeness. vision, wisdom, understanding for men and women who receive Him. And Christ is in the believer as the WORD, as Life and as Light. Little wonder then that in Genesis 1, the first thing the Word spoke was, “Let there be LIGHT.” And thus light entered into the formlessness and creation began in force. Believers fellowship around the mystery of Christ– the Word, the Son of God, the Light of men, Eternal life.
Ephesians 3: 8b-9a… that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery,..
One needs a clear cut vision— something one can say in a few words, crisp and candid. Paul’s vision and assignment are found in these words— that
1. He should PREACH.
2. Preach to the GENTILES
3.Preach to expose the UNSEARCHABLE RICHES OF CHRIST.
4. And preach to make clear the FELLOWSHIP OF THE MYSTERY.
To this end, there is the ACTIVITY, TERRITORY and the CONTENT.
Finally there must be an OUTCOME.
May we all hear the voice of PURPOSE in Christ. Amen.