In the second chapter of Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church we read about the bond that united Gentiles and Jews through Christ.
Since Gentiles are no longer strangers or foreigners to the household of God, Paul writes…
“1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles.” (Ephesians 3:1)
The “reason” in this verse is the uncircumcised and the circumcision gathering as one body. Here Paul clearly identifies himself as “the preacher to the Gentiles.” He continues on with a description and fulfillment of his mission according to God’s will.
“2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.” (Ephesians 3:2-3)
The mystery which had, until this date not been revealed by God is that the Gentiles and the jews would both inherit the same kingdom, the same household.
Though old testament teachings mentioned God’s grace would one day be among the Gentiles, it was not knows until this day that the rewards would potentially be equal among the uncircumcised and the circumcision.
Revealed to Paul which in turn made this mystery known to all through this letter, the equality between the Gentiles and Jews remains to this day in tune with the greatness of God, with His immeasurable love for all mankind.
“4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets.” (Ephesians 3:4-5)
Making reference to the present time when the mystery was in deed first revealed to himself, Paul writes about other generations and the fact this mystery was not know onto them.
Paul then reveals the mystery which, by the power of the Lord and according to His perfect plan unites the Jews, God’s chosen people and the Gentiles, those predestined in Christ.
“6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 3:6)
Paul then identifies himself as a servant, through the Greek “diakonos” which translates into pastor, minister or deacon. IN the following verses the apostle gives himself the title of “preacher to the Gentiles”.
“7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power.” (Ephesians 3:7)
Humbled by the fact he used to persecute Christians, Paul then shares the essence of his purpose driven mission according to God’s grace and perfect plan.
“8 Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.” (Ephesians 3:8-9)
Paul’s mission was to educate all nations about God’s promise and the coming of the Lord. Through his pen, this and other letters, the apostle continues to fulfill this mission on a worldwide scale.
“10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Ephesians 3:10-11)
Through this letter, God’s fruitful multifaceted wisdom is now revealed to the Gentiles, the Jews and the angels as the mystery is made public by the apostle Paul.
“12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.” (Ephesians 3:12-13)
Are you in Christ? If so then you too may approach God with freedom and confidence. Just as Paul did, believers are invited to rely on God’s wisdom and strength when facing challenges. Even in chains Paul found a way to minister to the Ephesian church and consequently, to all nations of the earth.
Let nothing or no one keep you from fulfilling your mission in Christ. Allow the Holy spirit to flow from within you as you walk the narrow path that leads to heaven and the rewards promised by God almighty. Let’s pray!
We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant Paul,
We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful apostle.
Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through trials,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Fill our hearts Lord with revelation, kindness, with wisdom,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.
God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.
May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.
We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre