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Ephesians Devotional—Week Three, Day One (12/14/09)

Ephesians 3:1-6

For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— {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. {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. {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.

Viewing these words, the reader is immediately impressed with Paul’s understanding that his imprisonment in Rome was for Jesus Christ. He accepted his circumstances and rejoiced in the trials and sufferings of his faith (see James 1:2-4; Romans 5:3-4).

It is unlikely that Paul had the full picture of how the Lord was using these events in his life. Not only was he preaching and teaching while in prison, but he was writing as well. The Holy Spirit was revealing vital truth to his heart as he wrote words of instruction and encouragement to several churches. From these writings (in Paul’s first imprisonment) we have the New Testament epistles of Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians, and Philemon!

The Spirit of God gave Paul the privileged responsibility of revealing the truth of the mystery of Christ. Again, this mystery was something that had not previously been revealed, but now was being made plain by God Himself.

What an amazing truth it is—that Jews and Gentiles have been brought together in the body of Christ, sharers in the promises of Christ through the gospel. In Christ—that is in Messiah—all these promises and blessings are received and experienced. For Jews in NT times, these words must have been almost shocking. For Gentiles, these words must have been amazing and astounding.

  1. Many have given this sage advice: live your life as though you are living it backwards. To put it another way, live life from the perspective of what others may say about you at your funeral … or what may be written in your obituary. Keeping that in mind, how do we now look at Paul’s imprisonment and sufferings? If you were to live your life backwards, how would your life’s focus and priorities change?
  2. Think about how God has revealed His truth to you. What is the source of that revelation? What would we know of God and His ways apart from what God has told us?
  3. List several of the blessings Gentiles receive in Christ, being linked with Israel in the body of Christ. When you are done, be sure to thank God for these blessings.
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