The Revelation of the One Body

Scripture Passage: 
Ephesians 3:4-12
  1. A PREVIOUS MYSTERY (Ephesians 3:4-6)
    1. Character of Mysteries (Ephesians 3:4-5)
      1. Not previously known (Ephesians 3:4-5, 9)
      2. Selectively revealed (Matthew 13:10-11; Ephesians 3:10)
      3. Beyond human understanding (1 Corinthians 2:7-10)
      4. Meant to be taught (1 Corinthians 4:1-2)
    2. An Unknown Truth (Ephesians 3:6)
      1. Earlier knowledge of the gentiles
        1. Jews were to separate from the gentiles (Exodus 23:30-32; Exodus 34:14-16; Deuteronomy 7:1-8)
        2. Gentiles were idolatrous pagan worshippers (Deuteronomy 18:9-12)
        3. Aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world (Ephesians 2:12)
        4. Gentiles would one day be drawn to someone of Jesse’s lineage (Isaiah 11:10)
        5. The Lord’s name would at some point be great among the gentiles (Malachi 1:11)
      2. Revealed knowledge of the gentiles
        1. Jews and Gentiles are fellowheirs and of the same body.
        2. Gentiles are partakers of promises in Christ by the gospel.
        3. Both Jew and Gentile have been reconciled into one body by the cross (Ephesians 2:13-16).
  2. A PRESENT MINISTRY (Ephesians 3:7-12)
    1. The Grace of Ministry (Ephesians 3:7-8)
      1. Paul was made a minister (by God) (Ephesians 3:7; 1 Timothy 1:12)
      2. Paul’s ministry was based upon a gift of grace (Ephesians 3:7)
      3. Paul’s ministry was based on God’s effectual working (Ephesians 3:7)
      4. Paul’s ministry bred humility (Ephesians 3:8)
      5. Paul’s ministry was to preach unsearchable riches to a group of people who were previously without God (Ephesians 3:8)
    2. The Purpose of Paul’s Ministry (Ephesians 3:9-11)
      1. To reveal the previously hidden mystery (Ephesians 3:9)
      2. To manifest God’s wisdom (Ephesians 3:10-11)
        1. God’s wisdom has many folds “manifold”
        2. God’s wisdom was based on his eternal purpose
    3. The Blessing of Paul’s Ministry (Ephesians 3:12)
      1. We can have boldness and access with confidence.
      2. Paul considered himself to be a debtor to tell all (Romans 1:14-16).

Conclusion:  Paul was thrilled to be in the ministry and be able to share the good news to those who did not know Christ.  Shouldn’t we be the same?

Andrew Ray

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 17:27

He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.