God’s Message: What we declare in the gospel of Christ, 3:1-6 a. Do you see this? " The promise of the Spirit was to Abraham and his seed (i.e. Romans I5:8 says that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision (Jews) for the purpose of CONFIRMING THE PROMISES MADE UNTO THE FATHERS, not the Church of the One Body. The Church which is “His body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all” is a new creation called “One New Man” (Eph. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us (i.e. Help Others Out – Leave a Rating & Review on Apple Podcasts (formerly called iTunes) Ephesians 3, Verses 1-4 ” (Eph. The Greeks of Paul’s day used mystery to describe a divine reality which is hidden and can be known only when revealed by the gods. Although all these are not the dispensation of the mystery, they are very closely related. I feel like I’m sitting across from a friend who loves Jesus and is the most genuine. As members of the Church of the One Body we may be called upon to suffer need or want, sickness or sorrow, or we may abound and be full. Paul no longer finds himself in prison bound for Israel’s hope but rather he learns that he is “an ambassador in bonds” to make known the Mystery (Eph. An initiate is one who is a believer and is being taught by the Holy Spirit. 9: 7), But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. Often times when we read an account like this, we tend to run over it, believing that it is not relevant for us today and we read on to the next passage. the mystery of Christ, 5 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. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Listen again to these first two verses: "For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you." The dispensational boundary line was crossed at Acts 28:28 and Israel’s hope was left behind, unfilled and set aside. The Church of the One Body is to be received up into Glory one day. “Heavenly places” is a phrase that only occurs in the Ephesian Epistle. The gifts of the Spirit during the Acts period were nine in number: (1) the word of wisdom. and there to enjoy the inconceivable glory. You can turn through hundreds of listings of churches, marketed with all kinds of promises, claims,  allegiances and attractions. May 17, 2020. Watch Video † Watch Video Download MP3 PDF of Study Notes. She brings a different perspective to passages I’ve read my whole life. Yet there are Christians who continually beg God for more. On many corners of your community and at major intersections, you will see some huge religious complex, often including several buildings. It was a mystery until it was made known by the actual conversion of those whom God had chosen. The Messiah was the hope of Israel and their belief was that He would bring about the kingdom that God had promised. This is about God's generosity in what He is willing to dispense to man in Christ: "The dispensation of the grace of God." There are two sides of the coin regarding God’s choosing; one side is His choice, the other side is our response. 41:8), “Then there shall be a place which the Lord your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there;” (Deut. Let us apply these principles in the study of Ephesians 3. The axe is laid to the root. More Mystery Revealed in Ephesians and the Bible. He was in heaven: the Church of God was anticipating His return from heaven. In order for the Gentiles to be "fellow heirs," members of the body of Christ and partakers of God's promise in Christ through the gospel – it would be necessary to receive and respond to this message delivered by Paul, the gospel, the mystery hidden before but now made known. Chapter#3: The church is the fellow heirs of Christ. When the crisis of Acts 28:28 was reached and blindness pronounced, the miraculous ended abruptly. Two other passages in the New Testament use the word in this sense, Colossians 1:24-29 and Rom. “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:” (Eph.2:6) 1: 7), ”So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places,” (PhiI. l :18). . Bishops appointed to maintain the truth against Judaistic opposition. A legitimate hope would be based upon a promise from God. The Lord would have us understand and believe the latest TRUTH we have from Him. I pray that you may understand the depth of his love. 9:3-5), not to the Church of the One Body. He chooses people, places and things. 4:16). Paul says in Acts 28:28 that salvation. This is the sphere of blessing that listeners to the Sermon on the Mount were told to pray for – “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done ON EARTH, as it is in heaven” (Matt. It is important to understand the full meaning of this term for it has implications for how the gospel is lived out day by day. The Church of God was His instrument in accomplishing His earthly purpose. 2:10 that was “created in Christ Jesus unto good works” has reference to the new creation of the One New Man. This epistle is of necessity addressed to the saved and not only that, it is addressed to the FAITHFUL. The ministry of the Word of God has been given to the Gentiles. Remember that all the saved are “Saints” but not all the saints are “FAITHFUL”. 3:1, also in Eph. 4:10). First, we must take with us into all Bible reading and study, a clear, impartial, objective mind. . the Church of the One Body) with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Chest: ” (Eph. Then and there will faith give way to sight and “all spiritual blessings” will be enjoyed as the inheritance that The Father willed this company of redeemed. Paul uses the word “mystery” six times in Ephesians. But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel. Ephesians 3 New King James Version (NKJV) The Mystery Revealed. 1:3). The other word is "mystery." 4:10). Paul’s office was magnified by the “abundance of revelations” he received; for he says, “for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles” (2 Cor. This revealed mystery is also "according to his purpose." Ephesians 3:6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus. ”And 1 John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 2 Tim:2:15. ” (Rev. the Mystery). EPHESIANS-1-200220 length: 68:41 - taught on Feb, 20 2020. This is about the dispensing of the gospel of the grace of God through the apostles. On the other hand, many sincere Bible believers who endeavor to rightly divide the Word of Truth have asked the question, “Just what exactly is the Mystery?” We are going to attempt to answer that question in “Plainer Words” by giving an outline of the unique characteristics of the Mystery. the Prison Epistles). 18:5), “And say unto them, “Thus saith the Lord God; In the day when I chose Israel, and lifted up mine hand unto the seed of the house of Jacob,…” (Ezk. Prime. This mystery was revealed by God to him. Ephesians Chapter 3. Israel) and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive; For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.’ Be it known therefore unto you, (i.e. It is regrettable that some of these folks are enemies of the truth. 2:15). 16:25-27. Another sphere is made known in the Ephesian Epistle and that is the place to which Christ ascended, “far above all heavens” (Eph. “For thou (i.e. It was written after Israel, as a nation with all of her privileges, was set aside. 1:13) ministering the Gospel of God. Read and study the Bible. The Bible reveals at least three callings.”. The nation was given every opportunity to acknowledge Christ as Messiah and the Son of God. The primary reemphasis is on the great mystery now revealed by God that Gentiles and Jews are one in Christ and that there is no longer any distinction. 3:14., “That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”. As one reads verses 3-6 he becomes aware of the fact that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has willed certain things to the Church of the One Body. For it was known by Bible believers that: “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men. The special calling of the Mystery is said to be the “HIGH CALLING OF GOD” (Phil. God’s present purpose was planned before the world began, thus eliminating the need for any ties with “promises or covenants.”, THE MYSTERY HAS A UNIQUE SPHERE OF BLESSING. In the New Testament book of Ephesians: in chapter one, the apostle Paul highlights the spiritual blessings God offers in Christ. ”. 21:2). . We do not know what the reasons are for His choices but we know He does make them. The stories she shares adds so much to this book as well. 5, 14, 18, 26), “…and he (Rehoboam) reined 17 years in Jerusalem, the city the Lord did choose out of all the tribes of Israel, . 2:4-8). Notice "Revelation" and "Mystery." . Our captivity to Jesus, 3:1 as prisoners of Jesus, we are servants of his gospel b. When the landmark of Acts 28:28 is reached prophetic truth ends. 6:13), “Jesus answered them, “Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?’.” (Jn. There are two things that must always be a part of our Bible reading and study: (1) An earnest effort to be completely objective, and (2) accepting as biblical truth, only what the context recommends. If God selects or picks out certain individuals to give them spiritual eyes to “see”, then He too passes over others, indicating some are not the object of His “enlightenment.” Those who are, ought to bless the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ because He hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places ”according as He hath chosen us in Him”. It should also be pointed out that just because somebody is rightly dividing the Word does not guarantee he knows the Mystery. Ephesians explains God’s purpose and silence during this present age. 21: 9-10) STUDIES IN EPHESIANS (13) The Mystery Revealed Ephesians 3:1-7 . He willed ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS to the Church of the One Body; not to Israel, nor to the Church of God. If you desire to know who Jesus is and what He accomplished on the cross for your redemption – you can read that and learn it. We come back this morning to our study of Ephesians. A mystery is a truth, or fact, or purpose, which is hidden until it is revealed. THE MYSTERY WAS NOT RELATED TO ANY “COVENANTS” OR “PROMISES”. This secret was “HID IN GOD” (Eph. It is in the epistle to the Ephesians that this secret, the Mystery, is made known. 3:1, he describes himself in terms of his present condition, and his personal dedication to those of Gentile race. All Rights Reserved. We are not to seek blessings, but we are to speak well of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ because HE HATH BLESSED US. The “covenants” and the “promises” belonged to “the fathers of Israel (Rom. Ephesians: God’s mystery revealed – Part 3 November 24, 2020 November 23, 2020 ~ thekolumns For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— if indeed you have heard of the administration of God’s grace which was given to me for you ; that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery , as I wrote before briefly. If you want to understand the mystery of Christ, you must read it. Every time we open the Bible, we should be ready to learn and re-learn; ready to correct long-cherished traditions when such is called for by the truth of God's Word. 4:4) of the Church of the Mystery was promised “BEFORE the world began” (Titus 1:2). Each calling differs in its Origin, Constitution and Sphere of blessing. 3:16). ”For God hath prepared for them a city” (Heb. ”Heavenly places” answers the question of where the Church of the Mystery will enjoy its blessings. 3:9), it was not in a veiled language in the Old Testament, and the Mystery has no connection with any “covenants” either “old” or “new”. The Church is to be received up into this realm. Thus, we are instructed to “set our affections on things above, not on things on this earth” (Col. 3:2) . This was not only a secret, but also a well-kept secret – the depository was the Heart of God. The Mystery Of Christ Revealed. 2:15 says . 16:7 (2) To take in preference, “Let us choose to us judgment:” Job 34:4, (Webster’s Dictionary, the 1828 Edition). Thus, in Colossians 1:26, "The mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints." The FAITHFUL recognize Paul’s distinctive ministry as the great revelator of God’s secret purpose. Briana’s in-depth study, her insight and wisdom of the scriptures is a gift to all. That is, the purpose that God had planned before the world began, before any promises were made to any of the “fathers”. Paul calls this special revelation “the testimony of the Lord’s prisoner” in 2 Tim. Speaker: Brandon Phillips Series: Ephesians - The Church - A Mystery Revealed Topic: The Gospel Passage: Ephesians 3:20–3:21. 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…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; Ephesians 3:5, 9 That l have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. Mystery Revealed: Ephesians 3:1-13 Ephesians: Gospel-Worthy Living Bread of Life Church: Daniel Low (10.25.2020) God discloses his multifaceted wisdom as we proclaim his multiethnic grace. and between law and grace, and yet do not comprehend THE MYSTERY. 323. Where before there was separation, now there was unity. 12:5). 10:26 – "Therefore, do not fear them. 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