A Deeper Understanding of God's Grace
Have you ever had someone explain something to you and you don't understand what they are talking about because you have never experienced or seen what they were talking about?
It is therefore a mystery to you!
Not that the story or object is mysterious but rather you don't have point of reference to grasp the idea.
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Paul wants the believers in Ephesus to understand a mystery which involves God's grace that they have nothing to compare it with. (verse 1)
He considered himself a prisoner of Jesus Christ not of Rome. It was God's purpose that was working in Him and God was sovereign. Nothing thwarted God's purpose. He was very strong in this feeling because his course was changed by God on the Damascus road.
It was so compelling of an experience that he could do nothing else but obey the Lord.
Read Acts 26:9-19.
2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God's grace that was given to me for you,
Now by the grace of God he was Christ, Prisoner, and servant. It was God's grace that he was not destroyed by God but rather saved by Him. Now he was not only saved but an Apostle.
Read 1 Corinthians 15:9-10.
3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.
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.
I want you to understand my insight into this mystery!
I. The Mystery of God's Grace revealed. 3:6.
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. NIV
There are now not two ways to find favor with God; there is only one. Jews ...
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