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Ephesians 3
The revelation of the Body
of Christ revealed in
practical form
2:11-22
People are always the objective; and are always
worth
Pricethe
to pay:
sacrifice—”I
Whereunto
rejoice
I am appointed
in my sufferings
a preacher,
for
and sake,
an apostle,
and
teacher
of the
For
your
and in
mya flesh
I do
my Gentiles.
share on12behalf
I also
suffer
these things
2 Tim
ofthe
Hiswhich
Bodycause
(which
is the
church)
in filling
up 1:11-12
that
is lacking
in Christ’s
afflictions”
1:24
Whatever
Paul did,
he was under
Christ’sCol
control.
Paul, which
Eph 3:1-4
For this reason I,
the prisoner of Christ Jesus
for the sake of you Gentiles–
if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace
which was given to me for you;
We become accountable
for all truth understood to
that by revelation By revelation to
share it, the spiritual gifts,
there was made known
toby
me
Paul,
opportunities, skills and
the mystery,
teaching to us—
fulfill their purpose for the
always
so we
as
I
wrote
before
in
brief.
kingdom: 1 Cor 9:17 For if
can share it with
By
referring
to
this,
when
you
read
1:9-12;
2:11-12
I do this voluntarily, I have
others
you
can
understand
my
insight
a reward; but if against my
will, I have a stewardship
into the mystery of Christ,
musterion, a secret only
entrusted to me.
known when it is revealed;
sunesis, flowing together of
newly revealed truth
known knowledge; trustworthy
application
Source of Knowledge
Sunesis, bring together
knowledge to grasp its
full meaning
4 By referring to this, when you read
you can understand my insight
into the mystery of Christ,
which in other generations was not made known
to the sons of men,
as it has now been revealed
There were hints in the OT
but only understood in NT: to His holy apostles and prophets
God told Abraham, “in you
in the Spirit;
all the families of the earth
6shall
. be blessed” (Gen
Aorist tense:
12:3) or Isa 49:6, “I will The Divine Agency of revelation:
complete in
make you a light of the “that no prophecy of Scripture is a
NT period.
matter
of
one’s
own
interpretation,
nations so my salvation
Not an
may reach to the ends offor no prophecy was ever made by
ongoing action
an act of human will, but men
the earth” explained in Acts
13:46-47
moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from
God (2 Pet 1:20-21)
The Plan of the Mystery
Jews and
to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs
Gentiles now
and fellow members of the body,
and fellow partakers of the promise indistinguishable
in Christ Jesus through the gospel,
7
of which I was made a minister,
according to the gift of God's grace
OT saw Gentiles blessed (Gen
which was given to me
12:3), Gentiles would bless God
according to the working
of His power
(Psa 72), Messiah would come
diakonos, “slave, servant” –
to Gentiles (Isa 11:10; 49:6) and
dunameos
one Iwho
he
is told “ability to
be saved
1 Cor 15:10,
by Messiah
“But by
(Hos
the1:10;
grace of God
am does
what what
I
carry out a function”
Rom
10:14,
“How
Amos
am,9:11)
and and
His grace
receive
toward
the me did not
prove
vain;
butthen shall
labor, striving
theyyet
call
upon
Him in“Iwhom
Spirit
I labored
(Joel 2:28-29)--even morebut
than all of them,
not
I, but
according
they have not believed?
And to His
making
the grace
them of
ONE
God
with
withJews!
Me”
power,
how shall they believe
in Himwhich mightily
Not appearance, talent nor intellectwhom
that made
him anot works
they have
heard?within Me” Col
minister, but God: “I have appeared
to you
1:29
And
howto
shall they hear
appoint you a minister and a witness”
Act 26:16
without
a preacher?
6
Performance of Ministry
Not false humility, but honest
appraisal. To the end of his life he was
8 To me, the very least of all saints, the
“foremost
Aor.
Passivesinner” (1 Tim 1:15). In 1
Cor 15:9, he is the “very least” of
this grace was given,
apostles; He never
a second
to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable
richesclaimed
of Christ,
work of grace to attain holiness or
9
and to bring to light
perfection.
what is the administration of the mystery
euanggelizo,
ploutos “fullness,
“to announce which for ages has been hidden in God
abundance,
the good
who createdcompleteness”—all
all things;
ethnos, “nation, people,
news”
ethnic group, people group”
we have in Christ.
The essence of the gospel
KJV follows a MSS that
“In Him you have
oikonomia,
sharing:
to bring to level of
There
cosmic dualism:
God of
includes
“to is
allno
men”
beenthe
made
“administration,
understanding Mt 13:19
creation is the God of Salvation—Since
complete”
(Col
responsibility,
Impossible to trace or imagine; Used
of a
When any one heareth the
He is powerful enough for
creation, He is
2:10)
stewardship”
deep it cannot be measured—thus
word of the kingdom, andreservoir sopowerful
enough to bring about the
no limit can be placed on it’s resources.
understandeth it not,
fulfillment of the mystery: a united body
of believers in the Church
Purpose of the Mystery
hina, into to purpose statement
10 so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known
through the church
to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.
11 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose
which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord,
12
in whom we have boldness
polypoikilos,
describes an
Wisdompatter
is notor
thea concept of
and confident access
embroidered
redemption,
butinthe
through faith in Him.
flower
arrangement
a new
The
local
church
unity,
in
spite
of
relationship
between
believing
variety
of colors
Not only
is love
and
unity
a message
to
cultural
and
national
differences
prothesis,
is
“proposal,
setting
Jews
Gentiles
Theand
greatest
privilege
of
the
church,
believers
equally: “For we
the
world
(Jn
13:35),
butofout
toallthe
cosmic
thepoieo,
cosmic
proof
that
God’s
way
something
is
to
be
viewed
by
act.a “produced,
do notaor.
have
high
priest
who
cannot
sympathize
with
our
audience. It isothers”
to encourage the
always
best.
made
ready,
accomplished”
weaknesses,continued
but one who
has beenoftempted
in allas
things as we are,
submission
the angels,
yet without sin.
Let us
therefore
The
united
draw
church
nearmen
with
on(1
confidence
a local practical
to the
women
accept
their
role with
throne of grace,
we may
level
receive
with heterogeneous
mercy
and
find mixture
grace toofhelp in
Corthat
11:10).
Paul
challenged
the
church
time of need”toHeb
4:15-16 peoples
is God’s Objective
be obedient
in the presence
of angels for
(1 Tim 5:21). Calvary’s Redemption.
Power over Discouragement
Proud to be part of an
eternal glory, not temporal
13 Therefore I ask you not to lose heart
popularity; 2 Corinthians
at my tribulations on your behalf,
4:17 For momentary, light
for they are your glory.
affliction is producing for
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
us an eternal weight of
ekkakeo,
“be
spiritless,
15
from whom every
in heaven
thlipsis, “pressure, opposition”
gloryfamily
far beyond
all
ready
to
quit.”
(pres
neg=
and on earth derives
its name,
Everyone wants to be part of
comparison,
“stop16
doing it”) Satan
something
popular, butthat
shy He would grant you,
usesaway
any excuse
to get
according to the riches of His glory,
from being
rejected Acts
us todidomi,
believe
it is not
“give
to one
14:22
“…strengthening
the
to be strengthened with power
worth
it
or
God
is
not
asking”
souls of the disciples,
through His Spirit in the inner man,
there.
Galatians
6:9
And
God is appealed to as a personal
encouraging them to continue
let us
not
krataiothenai,
heart
in
“strong to overcome
resistance”
Not concerned
power to be
Father, tender,
loving and
inkata,
the lose
faith,
and saying,
“proportionate
to”
doing
good, for
“great”
in due
but to be victorious
over
in every
fulfilling
our … if
Who
is difficulties
the origin of
family
"Through
many
tribulations
Since God’s
resources
arewe
timemust
we shall
reap
Christian
if we life purpose
2 Corinthians
4:16
Therefore
we do not
only they knew
what
is available.
enter
of
infinite,
sothe
Hiskingdom
responses.
do not
grow weary.
lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner
God."
Note: His riches are not $
man is being renewed day by day.
but strength in inner man!
Power to understand His love
katoikeo, “inhabit,
be at home” as we
17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; submit to His
and that you,
control. He is not a
being rooted and grounded in love,
tolerated visitor.
18
may be able to comprehend with all the saints
Refers to quality of
Hisand
presence
what is the breadth and length and height
depth,
19
and to know the love of Christ
which surpasses knowledge, Katalambano, “To
that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. grasp and make
one’s own” the
Both verbs
ginosko,
perfect “perceive,
tense: pastintimate experience”.
extent that God will
Breadth=
God’s
amazing
acceptance
of
different
peoples
action with
Such
continuing
knowledge
pleroo,
result.
“abound,
is to bebe
ourcompletely
model, how
go to convince
“Rooted”
(as
we are
a Time
plant),
to
likethink
or full
ofbefore
of
others
thecreation
source”
and the
world
Length=
from
4:13
(1:4-5)
= Filled
we were
with fullness
special
mankindofofChrist
His love–
“grounded” (as a building) to
look what He did to
The more
one knows,
the
more
amazed
at with
Height=
He
blessed
us
in
heavenly
5:18
places
=
Filled
(2:6)
already
fullness
of Spirit
live unselfishly for the world
His
son,
and to His
His love for him and likewise the more
(not a Depth=
matter of
feeling,
butmost depraved He has reachedapostles
Even
toatthe
down to who
savegave
challenged
how
much he should commit
willful commitment to benefit
their lives for the
to loving the world as well!
others)
gospel
Benediction
“with all eagerness”
In context: to reach
far more people to be
part of the Church, the
Body of Christ
20 Now to Him
who is able to do far more abundantly
beyond all that we ask or think,
according to the power
God works beyond
what we know or can
that works within us,
imagine. Once
21 to Him be the glory in the church
started, the Gospel
and in Christ Jesus
keeps working in lives
Where the miracle of
to all generations
beyond anything we
love for one another
forever and ever. Amen.
could dream.
will
occur
As
Christ brought
glory
to the power residing in a thing by virtue of its
dunamin,
33x, “the
inherent
Father
by fulfilling
will by
nature”–
A powerHis
to overcome
all adversity and challenge. Phil 3:10
giving
for the
That IHimself
may know
him,lives
andofthe power of his resurrection, and the
believers
from
all the
world, so
fellowship
of his
sufferings,
being made conformable unto his death
the churches should follow His
example
Our Inheritance in Christ
1:3
2:1
3:1
Our Life in Christ
4:1
6:10
Blessings Experience Growing, Christian
Knowledge Conduct
of
in Christ
and
Salvation
Strength
WORK of God
Christian
Armor
WALK of Christian
Conclusion 6:21-24
Introduction 1:1-2
Overview of the Letter to the
Ephesians