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    There is something about human beings which causes us to be fascinated by something hidden, secret, by cryptic truth which needs to be discovered and revealed. It is made known through the people God has called out. From a derivative of ginosko; to make known; subjectively, to know. Ephesians 3-5 English Standard Version (ESV) The Mystery of the Gospel Revealed. And there is much yet to be learned, even in this realm. You are a new creation in Jesus Christ. This is where we get our understanding of the authority of this great apostle. He understood everything they did, knew everything Jesus had taught them in the days of his flesh. This may seem like old stuff to you, for unfortunately these words have come so frequently to our ears that we've lost the impact of them. And even then he had not fully revealed this mystery. . In Ephesians the mystery refers to God’s secret plan to integrate Jew and Gentile into one body. It is why the Scriptures say, "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing; but the glory of kings is to search it out," (Proverbs 25:2 RSV). Did you ever wonder why caterpillars crawl on the ground? The word “calling,” is used to make known dispensational truth. We continue to make automobiles even after they have filled the highways and poisoned the air. No, the word "mystery" in Ephesians 3 means – something that was hidden, but has now been revealed. Christians have the answer to the ecological crisis. Hence, God is here described as He "who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think," and to do all "by His power dwelling" and working in us. (Ephesians 3:4-6 RSV). He says, "When you read this you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ." (Ephesians 1:9-10 RSV). How that, by revelation, was made known unto me the mystery. The mystery that God hid from the Pats and the prophets and kept this secret to himself all this time. Then all hell broke loose again. -3Ephesians 3:20-21 sum up the whole in a doxology to God the Father through Christ Jesus. Our whole modern era was brought about by the discovery of a secret which was hidden in nature until the time when Einstein stumbled upon a few hints of it. Here was a man who spoke with direct authority, commissioned by the Lord Jesus himself. This is particularly true of this passage, because Paul begins "For this reason ..." -- but he doesn't give the reason toward which he is moving until Verse 13! Furthermore, he wants these Ephesians to know that they were benefiting by his arrest. The remarkable thing about it is that you can experience it right now. Paul was a minister of this gospel according to God's grace (Ephesians 3:7). And God understands this. We do not know anything fully. Cross references. All rights reserved. 4In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5which 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. When they come to Christ, Jews and Gentiles together are joint heirs, joint members of one body, and joint partakers of the promise. But how much more are there great riches in store for us who will give some time and thought and effort to grasping this great secret which Paul sets forth before us here -- the ultimate secret behind all things: the mystery of Christ. We are being swamped by our own inventions. The Lord Jesus himself began to unfold the mystery. 4:16; 10:19; 1 Jn 5:15). It is referring back to Eph ch 1 and Romans 8. We don't know how to balance this. Ephesians 3:3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. None of us can help but be aware that this is an extremely troubled time in which we are living: We do not know how to solve the problems which are overwhelming us. So perhaps the reason the Lord Jesus kept him a prisoner was that he might have time to write. He would have preached to them and taught them directly from the Word, but never would have had time to write it down. RayStedman.org/permissions. There is no way we can break through this law. Finally, the apostle touches the matter of power: "partakers of the promise." This is the great mystery. I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory," you will understand what he is trying to say in the intervening sentences. But they didn't know what kind of life, what it would be like. And the power of the Spirit will always come flowing through right at that point, to enable us to do what otherwise we could never do. Ep). The Mystery. One day there will be a reversal of the law of decay, and all things will begin to pick up energy again and be renewed, revitalized, in tremendously increasing degree. I think this is a hint that he recognized that if it were not for the fact he had been made a prisoner, he would never have had time to write these letters which have changed the course of history. If God has made known His precious, glorious secret, which He purposed for us in Christ before the foundation of the world, why should any child of God be ignorant concerning the mystery of God’s will? In Verse 34, Matthew tells us this: All this Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed he said nothing to them without a parable. It consists of this great truth: When they come to Christ, Jews and Gentiles together are joint heirs, joint members of one body, and joint partakers of the promise. Scholars are not exactly sure what he meant by that. This secret was first mentioned in Genesis 3:15 and was gradually unfolded in all the Scriptures till in the dispensation of the mystery Christ is fully revealed as Head of the church. It is the only hope you will ever have of living according to the glory God designed for man when he created him in the beginning. The secret was hidden to men of past ages. The apostle was concerned that the Christians to whom he was writing at this time in his life, the Ephesians, Philippians, and others, would understand why he was going through the struggles he was. But Paul says this is not true. We struggle constantly trying to understand what are the great realities they represent. And that light has been reaching out to the world ever since, bringing men out of the old into the new. Here the prevailing idea of the preceding chapters is the wonder and the mystery of God's fore-ordaining love, overflowing in the riches of His grace to those who are made one with Him and with each other in Christ Jesus. If you fulfill the flesh, there is no way by which you can keep from living in disharmony with people around you. He had to get them ready for it. Paul is concerned first about his role as a teacher of this mystery, and then about the mystery itself, about what it is he teaches. It wasn't until fourteen years later that he ever had an opportunity to sit down and compare notes with all the other apostles. Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 1st Person Singular. There, in very brief form, is his statement of the mystery which lies at the heart of all life. We can learn how to handle our environment, even, on the basis of this new creation yet today. And we can live in that new creation right now. It is The Second Law of Thermodynamics, if you want the scientific term for it, the law of entropy. The first breakthrough was on Christmas Day, when in the darkness of the world -- sunk in apathy and misery, in superstition and blindness, and in death -- a light broke through. It states that we never can discover fully the truth about anything; there is an element of hidden information about every subject we go into. Why is there so much hatred and resentment and bitterness and malice? From pro and grapho; to write previously; figuratively, to announce, prescribe. What we are to inherit from God, ultimately, is the world. As Paul came to understand the One whom he served, he knew that Jesus is in control of history. There is a line of teaching called ultradispensationalism, in which certain teachers (who are genuine believers in Christ) teach that only the Apostle Paul knew this secret, that to him was given the privilege of unveiling it for the first time to human minds and hearts. He didn't talk with the apostles; in fact, it was three years before he ever went back to Jerusalem after his conversion. Instead, God’s will or plan was a mystery in the sense that it was once not revealed or known, but is now revealed. God had to prepare this race to be able to grasp that fact and to be ready to believe it. Eph 3:3 how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. To make known, declare, know, discover. Even terms we commonly use, such as love and joy and life itself, are basically mysterious to us. And this creation has already begun! It is not new to us -- we have been discussing and discovering aspects of it all along in this letter. Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, Ephesians 1:9-11 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: …, Ephesians 2:11-22 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; …. And the one thing they did not know at all was that the life beyond death, resurrection life, could be made available to us while we are still living. Ephesians 3, Verses 10-13 ¶“ 10 God intended that now all the many sides of his wisdom should be made known. The first paragraph in Chapter 3 is, in many ways, the key to this great letter of Paul to the Ephesian Christians. We don't know how to feed the world. If you read that as merely theological language, you have missed the import of what he is saying -- that every bit of life finds its final solution in the person and being of the Lord Jesus himself. So he begins to bring it in ahead of time. 3:3). How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery. Would that we had the faith of this mighty apostle who understood so clearly that Caesar was not in control; Jesus is. If you and I had been in Rome with Paul as he wrote this letter, and could have stood in the room of the hired house where he was living, chained day and night to a Roman soldier, and watched as he dictated to his amanuensis, his secretary, watched him as he paced the floor, perhaps, with the soldier having to walk along with him, stopping now and then to make corrections, we would have understood something of Paul's concern for the recipients of this letter. God understands us so thoroughly that he has hidden mystery in everything in life. MARE: PAUL'S MYSTERY IN EPHESIANS 3 79 In the canonical Old Testament the only book where the Septuagint • translate s the original by µÌÛÙÁÒÈÔÌ is in the Aramaic section of Daniel. The answer, as is detailed in other places in Scripture, is that the old creation which has existed since the beginning of time is gripped by an unbreakable law, which Paul calls "the law of decay" in Romans 8. This is how Paul sees himself -- as a steward of the mysteries of God. Now, you can't wait till that time to get on the bandwagon; it has already started. The "mysteries" are the sacred secrets that God knows about life, which men desperately need to know. Amen. Key text: “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 Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 3:6). Even physicists tell us that, hidden away in every physical manifestation of the world and universe around us, is mystery. Sometimes it is difficult for those who do not read Greek to see how Paul builds his letters. It is the mystery of the goal toward which God is moving in human affairs; therefore, it encompasses space, time, matter -- all of life." "That you'll die, that you'll come to the end, that somehow all your old life as a caterpillar will decay and you will be left lifeless and dead, in a cocoon of your own spinning, hanging on a limb, and apparently it will all be over." Well, in those three terms you have the answers to the greatest struggles with which we humans are engaged today: "Joint-heirs" has to do with possessions. He is the One who opens, and no man shuts, who shuts, and no man opens, who orders, and his will is carried out. Many writers -- thoughtful, perceptive men -- are sitting down and trying to analyze where we have gone wrong, and why cannot we understand what to do. Not even the Angels knew about it, Paul said. Read verse in New International Version In First Corinthians 4 he says, This is how one should regard us [apostles], as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. You see, the thing which was not taught in the Old Testament was the resurrection of Jesus, and the effects of it in our lives right now. But I pray that God will open the eyes of your understanding, that you will see how fantastic is this great mystery, and how important it is to understand it thoroughly, and to enter into it. Ephesians 3:4-6 In these verses, in brief form, is Paul's statement of the mystery that lies at the heart of all life. THE MYSTERY WAS A SPECIAL CALLING. This is what they never understood. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, NT Letters: Ephesians 3:3 How that by revelation the mystery was (Ephes. This is why the ecological problems of today are unsolvable. We all love mysteries. In the realm of performance this is already true. This is exactly in line with what he had written to the Corinthians much earlier. Read the Passage: Ephesians 3:1-13 Revelation of the Mystery (3:1–7) As he explored the importance of justification by faith alone in Eph. When Einstein discovered his theory of relativity, very few people grasped it or understood it. He may have to do that with some of us, too. There is the mystery: The first thing he says about it is that it has been hidden in the past. Why don't they run around on four legs? Ephesians 3:3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 1. Why are there so many family breakups? This mystery is made known to the rulers and authorities in the highest realms. Here Paul does something that he does frequently (and only the Apostle Paul does this) -- he coins words. But we know that one of these days, when the sun begins to shine, all these dead-looking cocoons will begin to break open, and there will emerge a beautiful creature, designed no longer for life on the lower level, crawling along over every obstacle, but able to rise above them, able to spread its wings and fly as an expression of beauty and joy throughout the world and nature. As I wrote afore in few words.--The reference is to the brief notice in Ephesians 1:10-14, and to the further explanation in Ephesians 2:11-22. In the Old Testament there is very little reference to the resurrection of the body. Do not forget that the reason Paul was charged by the Jews with sedition against the emperor was because they were so angry that he would carry any message from God to the Gentiles. Ephesians 3:12. in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. Paul knew, therefore, that anytime the Lord Jesus decided Paul's imprisonment would be of no further value, he would be set free, that when the Lord Jesus spoke, Caesar acted. The Bible reveals at least three callings.” (1) The calling of Israel (2) The calling of the church before Acts 28 (3) The calling of the Church of the Mystery. But if we see it as a stewardship we will understand it. Everything that lies in a caterpillar's path is a horrible obstacle over which it must painfully crawl. And the glory of kings is to discover that which has been hidden. But personally I think it is a reference to what he has written previously in this letter. 3 For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— 2 assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you, 3 how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular. 3. Some of you have learned truth you ought to write down and pass along. Paul cites some reasons for his imprisonment. This is true in every area of our lives. He says, "For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, 'This is my body which is for you. But God has a program for a caterpillar. This is the great mystery. I have a small writing assignment due Friday, thought I'd take some notes here. This is the struggle of humanity which is answered by our becoming "joint-members of one body." The, the definite article. Therefore, he never saw himself as being the prisoner of Caesar. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet:   "I will open my mouth in parables,   I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world." Epistles: Ephesians 3:1-12 – The Divine Mystery in Christ. And we cannot break this law. We don't know what to do about these things. The second thing Paul says about himself, so that they might understand what he was going through, is that he was a steward of God's grace. It is not some kind of strange, esoteric mystery that Paul has in mind. Each has its distinctive character. From kata and hos; just as, that. That is the brief statement he had written to these Ephesian Christians, and to which he refers. It would simply be “a new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:17), “one new man” (Ephesians 2:15), a new species of mankind. Some propose one solution and some another; some are partially right, and some are almost totally wrong. The answer is, in Jesus Christ. I'm glad the Revised Standard Version translates this word stewardship instead of dispensation, for dispensation is often misunderstood in our day. EPHESIANS 3:1-13 THE MYSTERY OF THE GOSPEL REVEALED THROUGH PAUL As you start this study, ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what God has said through Paul. What are the three aspects of the mystery as seen in verse 6? (1 Corinthians 4:1 RSV). And the book of Hebrews tells us that we do not yet see all things subject to Christ, but we do see Jesus, the One who has been made heir of all things, and in him we share that heirship, so that one day all things subject to this new law will be ours. The Aramaic word so translated is raz which according to the Brown, Driver and Briggs Lexicon is a Persian loan word and is to be translated "secret." Therefore the understanding of this great mystery is the key to the ultimate solutions for which men are seeking today. He runs out of language, is unable to put what he wants to say into the words at his disposal. Ah, but in the realm of the Spirit the breakthrough has already occurred. But this is what the apostles were teaching -- that God has already broken through the old creation, and, right in the midst of the old, he is creating a new. We can come before God with confidence that he hears us (Heb. So he was writing to settle their fears and to show them what it was all about. That we would plunder hell to populate heaven! Website © 2021 by Ray Stedman Ministries. An unveiling, uncovering, revealing, revelation. He saw that Caesar was not the one who had the final say about him; Jesus did. is being mysteriously worked out in time. Verb - Aorist Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular. A steward was a servant to whom a certain responsibility was committed, certain goods were given, that he might dispense them, might give them out to other people. There are a few references -- just enough to teach the truth, so that the Old Testament believers knew there was life beyond death. This is a tremendous lesson to us, who sometimes become worried and anxious about what the political powers-that-be are doing in the world today. This is what gives Paul his authority. Ephesians 3:4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 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. I don't know if anyone has told "The Four Spiritual Laws" to a caterpillar, but it would be interesting to do so, because the first point would be, "God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life." To us is committed this responsibility. And he sums it up in these words: "the mystery of Christ" -- Jesus Christ, at the heart of all things. Message transcript and recording © 1972 by Ray Stedman Ministries, owner of sole copyright by assignment from the author. This is an apt description of the way we live our lives as natural human beings. This he did with the rituals and symbols in the Old Testament -- the giving of the Law and the sacrifices -- which helped us to understand that we human beings have something inherently wrong with us, which cannot be cured by our making a few good resolutions. Ephesians 3:9 The word mystery (μυστήριον) appears prominently throughout Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, occurring six times in total, more than in any other New Testament (NT) book. What is it? to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, Ephesians 3:10 The purpose of the mystery is that the church would declare it to demonic forces! They mobbed him and would have lynched him on the spot had it not been for the intervention of the Roman guard. This is what Christmas is all about. Why do we fight each other? But never once does he say that he is a prisoner of Caesar; it is always "a prisoner of Christ Jesus." What is he talking about? He was Caesar's prisoner. Think of this! "It was made known to me by revelation." I don't know how you think of yourself, but I know that it helps greatly to personalize these great truths, to remember that this is where God wants the application finally to be made -- right home into your hearts, into your lives, into your families. The privilege we have in Christ is that we can have boldness to come before God in prayer. The mystery he spoke of was that Gentiles are now fellow family members of the church in Jesus through the gospel (Ephesians 3:6). Let’s first notice what Paul says about this mystery. In this next sentence he gives us a brief summary of this great mystery: 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; that is, how the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. To do so, it will first provide a definition of the word, then highlight key insights from each occurrence. (Romans 16:25-27 RSV). Paul tells us, "All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future, all are yours;" (1 Corinthians 3:21b-22 RSV). The paragraph falls very simply into two divisions. And the effects of it can be felt in our relationships with others, in our attitudes within, in our treatment of the environment around, in our enjoyment of the world of nature which is already present around us, and ultimately, in the power of the Holy Spirit imparted to us to make us live as we ought to live, in the fullness of joy and peace and life and glory and rejoicing before God. Ephesians 3:13 is the conclusion of Paul’s parenth… 11 This fits God’s purpose for … This is God's lesson regarding what he is doing now. Ephesians 3:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ephesians 3:9, NIV: "and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things." "Stop going on in the old way. God knows that we all want to be kings, that we are made to reign. "You have broken with all that. Note Ephesians 3:11, “GOD’S ETERNAL PURPOSE.” Then God’s will in His eternal purpose should no longer be a mystery, that is, a secret. 2Surely you have heard about the administration of God's grace that was given to me for you, 3that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. (Ephesians 3:1-6 RSV). Ephesians 3:12 is quite clear. His concern for these people was such that he would have gone to them had he been free. .” And he recognizes that they were written on behalf of the Gentiles. Acts 23:9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees' part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God. The reference is one of those parenthetical remarks, which, to those remembering how St. Paul's Epistles were dictated, almost irresistibly suggest insertion on the reading over of the Epistle. You are no longer part of the old but part of that new program which, looking into the future, is waiting for the dawn of a new world, a new life, and a new day, when all God's people shall be one over all the earth, and no harm or heartache will occur in all the world. Jewish scruples and prejudices were terribly offended by the fact that Paul had the nerve, the effrontery, to say to the Jews that the Gentiles were received by God equally as they, that the Gentiles could have equal standing before him. God has set his Son at the heart of all things. Rather, break loose and be free in Jesus Christ.". Particularly in Ephesians chapter 3, he speaks of the mystery that has been revealed. It is a breakthrough, a new and marvelous way of life which has already begun in our experience, and which, ultimately, will solve all the problems facing humanity. We have access (cf. It is striking that nowhere does Paul ever refer to himself as a prisoner of Caesar. 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