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Ephesians 3:1-13 (Ephesians 3:1-13)

Marcus Nelson, 26th May 2019
Part of the Ephesians series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

The secret or mystery of the gospel.
1. How does Paul know this secret? We were all orphans, widows and foreigners. Paul is now Jesus ' prisoner. Every moment of our lives is under the control of Jesus. Paul received the secret by revelation (2-5).
2. The mystery is the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel (6). Equal status of Jew and Gentiles. Jesus sent his followers out - the nations did not have to come to Israel. From creation salvation has been through Christ.
3. Paul would do anything to spread this secret. He had been commissioned to spread the message of unsearchable riches.

Tags: Gentiles heirs., The mystery of the Gospel

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Ephesians 3:1–13 (Listen)

3:1 For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles—assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you, how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God's grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. 13 So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.

(ESV)

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