Examing Ephesians-Part 18-God’s Showcase

Ephesians, Chapter 3, Verses 1-12, gives us a little glimpse of a Glorious Plan and future. In Verse 1, we hear Paul describe himself as "the prisoner of Jesus Christ for…Gentiles". This remarkable letter was sent from a prison cell! In Verses 2–6 (Do, please, read it carefully), Paul refers to a mystery. It is not a mystery in the commonly accepted sense that the word is used today. It is something that has been hidden but is now revealed. It is that the Gentiles and Jews, who receive Jesus as their Savior and Lord, are now one in a most astonishing living, breathing, pulsating, entity, His Body, the Church!  Paul, in these verses, informs his readers (that includes us who have come to Christ) that this marvelous revelation was given to him. Further, he is comissioned to preach it to Jew and Gentile. Still further, it was revealed "unto His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit". They had a role to play in this God-given drama. However, Paul's role was to major in reaching out to Gentiles. This was done by God's Grace and His effective power, according to Verse 7. The great Apostle's subject matter and responsibility is stated in Verses 8-9. He is to proclaim the unsearchable riches of Christ and he is to open their eyes so that they understand the mystery that has been hidden in God. This is the "God, who created all things by Jesus Christ,..". God's reason for this stunning plan is given in Verses10-11. The Church, saved Jews and Gentiles, of this age in which we live, are trophies of His Grace in Christ. They are now being, and will be, showcased for all of creation to behold. Only God could transform ruined sinners into saints and make them a temple meet for His dwelling! He eternally purposed this in Christ before He created the earth. Verse 12 tells us that, in Christ, we have wonderful access to the Father, with confidence, by faith! Selah! Let your mind and heart be filled with praise for our loving God.   Ron

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