All believers have one Lord, one faith, one baptism. The idea is that the church primarily is a witness to them, and should redeem governments and social structures through its witness. The mystery God has made known to Paul and the other apostles is the fact that the Gentiles have been granted the privilege of becoming fellow heirs with God’s Old Testament people. Major Prophets Being a prisoner was just the next step of Christ’s plan for him. Dean Alford points out that the words might be made known are emphatic, strongly contrasting the idea of hidden in Ephesians 3:9. b. e. Fellowship of the mystery: We should carefully consider what this phrase means. But Paul specifically wrote that these principalities and powers are in the heavenly places, not in earthly places. God's riches are unsearchable; we will never know them completely. That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs of the same body: This describes the mystery itself - that believing Jews and believing Gentiles are joined together into one Body of Christ, into one Church, and no longer separated before God as such. -------------------- General Epistles GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point Paul says “for this reason I bow my knees…”. This isn't speculation, guesswork, emotions, or feelings. Jesus Himself said that the world would hate us because they hated Him first. What step can you take to mend that relationship this week? 2 Corinthians 4:1-2 – Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. The Old Testament We can know the great love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, and we are filled with the fullness of God. Dwell uses the ancient Greek word for a permanent home. As my mother told me many times growing up, life is not fair. 3. iii. c. To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus: The only fitting response to this great God is to give Him glory - especially in the church, the company of His redeemed, and that He receive that glory throughout all ages, world without end - Amen! Disciple makers will typically select a short book like Ephesians or 1 Thessalonians to study. The Gospels Comprehend the breadth and length and height and depth of what? i. He wants everybody to see and share in the fellowship of this mystery - which is a mystery precisely because it was unknown and unknowable until God revealed it. "Two expressions are used: 'rooted,' like a living tree which lays hold upon the soil, twists itself round the rocks, and cannot be upturned: 'grounded,' like a building which has been settled, as a whole, and will never show any cracks or flaws in the future through failures in the foundation." Paul was in prison because he had made it his life’s work to preach to the Gentiles. God has blessed us by telling us what He is doing and how He is working in the world. Help us continue to create Bible study resources by supporting Study and Obey for as little as $1..fusion-button.button-3{width:auto}Support, I thank GOD for the teaching we receive from you GOD bless for the good work. Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). Surely we should not despise them." You can see how wide a river is by noticing how much it covers over. The same principle applies to any area of life. 1. You will receive our practical and in-depth Bible study of Hebrews in .epub and .pdf versions delivered to your inbox. Understanding the character of God, we can say that this is not for a selfish or self-glorying motive, in the way we think of the proud man showing his brains and accomplishments to everyone. No, by nature they will have a hundred different opinions and argue on and on. He calls upon all the people of God to praise the divine name." The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, If they say there is no need, tell them what you learned in Ephesians and ask them to really think about what you can do. i. What is the reason for unity in the church? This is the same gospel Paul is a servant of, because of the gift of grace given to him by the working of God's power. a. i. iv. 5. (Clarke). i. -------------------- (Spurgeon). Why would an immature believer be tossed here and there by every wind of doctrine? But they see a nature which, wrecked by itself, was yet made in the image of their God and ours. e. How that by revelation: Paul wanted them to know, "I'm not making this up. (Carr John Glynn, godfather to H. C. G. Moule). Ephesians 3 Commentary, This commentary, one of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, takes one through the New Testament verse by verse. How does Paul describe his present situation in Ephesians 3:1 (printed below?) (Spurgeon), ii. -------------------- ii. We are partakers of His promise. Serve God faithfully and if trouble comes as a result thank the Lord that He considered you worthy to suffer for Him. It was also given specifically to Peter by revelation (Acts 11:1-18), and it is consistent with prophecy in the Old Testament (such as Isaiah 49:6) and the specific words of Jesus (Acts 1:8). B. When people see us, they see God in us. Psalms 68:18 – If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. (Wood). As such, he was completely unworthy of God’s grace and the least deserving. This truth (unity in Christ) doesn’t apply to everyone. -------------------- Galatians 4:5-7 – To redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Furthermore, the Gentiles are given the privilege of joining God’s Old Testament people in becoming members of the same body, the spiritual body of Christ the Messiah. Why are the qualities in verse two integral to unity? Be diligent to preserve the unity of the body (4:1-6) III. Although still a 'secret', it is no longer closely guarded but open … More simply, mysterion is a truth hitherto hidden from human knowledge or understanding but now disclosed by the revelation of God." RETURN TO THE: BIBLE PAPERS HOME PAGE: This paper discusses the book of Ephesians. Only God can do this, because He can do far beyond our ability to think or ask. A. "Many parts of this prayer bear a strict resemblance to that offered by Solomon when dedicating the temple … The apostle was now dedicating the Christian Church.".