The Mystery of the Ages by Marvin D. Patterson

The Mystery of the Ages
Marvin Patterson
Ephesians 3:1-13

At Sunday School they were learning how God created everything, including human beings. Johnny was especially intent when the teacher told him how Eve was created out of one of Adam's ribs.
Later in the week his mother noticed him lying down as though he were ill, and said, "Johnny, what is the matter?"
Johnny responded, "I have pain in my side. I think I'm going to have a wife."


Introduction:

We are roaming through this great Epistle to the Ephesians on Sunday Nights. This book is power packed, and we are gaining fresh, new insights each week as we study these wonderful insights that were inspired by God to the Apostle Paul. If you will remember that he wrote this Book to be read by all the churches in Asia Minor. He is a prisoner for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, and now we are reading these expressions with delight over 2,000 years later.

As we saw last week, we have been blessed by God to have access into the very presence of God the Father, through the Lord Jesus Christ. This is a wonderful benefit that we should take advantage of as children of God! Are you daily talking to God, and pouring out your prayers and petitions to Him? Have you prayed to Him today, this past week, and this past month? His line is always open, and thank God for the access we enjoy as Jesus has prepared the way for us!


Body:

1- Paul's Purpose in Life
3 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
Notes for 3:1
Paul was under house arrest in Rome for preaching about Christ. The religious leaders in Jerusalem, who felt threatened by Christ's teachings and didn't believe he was the Messiah, pressured the Romans to arrest Paul and bring him to trial for treason and for causing rebellion among the Jews. Paul had appealed for his case to be heard by the emperor, and he was awaiting trial (see Acts 28:16-31). Even though he was under arrest, Paul maintained his ...


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