The Mystery Revealed

I. “For this cause…..” (Ephesians 3:1)

A. Greek: toutou xarin (tootoo charin):  strong linguistic connection to the preceding series of foundational reasons.

B. “Since we have been …. “ (Ephesians 1)

1. CHOSEN before the foundation of the world (1:4)

2. PREDESTINATED unto the adoption of children (1:5).

3. ACCEPTED, REDEEMED and FORGIVEN by God (1:6-7).

4. Guaranteed an INHEIRITANCE in eternity (1:11)

C. Since His will has been made known to us “according to the good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself” (Ephesians 1:9).

1. His “wisdom and revelation” is available (1:17)

2. Our “eyes” can be “enlightened” to “know” hope and glory (1:18)

3. We can experience the “exceeding greatness of his power (1:19)

4. Christ has been set at the right hand of the Father (Hebrews 8:1; 10:12; 12:2; 1 Peter 3:22) and is the Head of all (the) Church (Ephesians 1:22)

D. Since were dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1).

1. Walking in the “course” of the world and controlled by the “prince of the power of the air” (2:2)

2. Our nature was the “Children of Wrath” (2:3)

E. Since our Creator spiritually transformed us (Ephesians 2:4-10)

1. God’s has made us alive (2:5)

2. God has raised us up to be seated with Him (2:6)

F. Since our “citizenship” has changed.

1. We are of His “household” (1 Timothy 3:15).

2. We all participate in the promise (Galatians 3:22-29; 2 Peter 1:4).

3. We are all able to experience the fellowship (1 John 1:3-7; 5:1).

4. We are now implementing the purpose of God in our lives.

II. A “Dispensation of the grace of God” has been given to Paul for our sakes (Ephesians 3:2).

A. Greek: -- oikonomia – “house law”  - administration; stewardship; management;  specifically the management of another’s property.

1. Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.  Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. (1 Corinthians 4:1-2)

2. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; (Titus 1:7)

3. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:10)

B. There are several aspects of our “stewardship,”

1. Ephesians 1:10 – “of the fullness of times “

2. Colossians 1:25 – to “fulfill the word of God”

3. 1 Corinthians 9:16-17 – a necessity “to preach the gospel”

III. A. “Mystery of Christ” was revealed to Paul for our sakes (Ephesians 3:3-6).

A. There are several such “mysteries” revealed in the New Testament.

1. Mark 4:11 – mysteries of the Kingdom of God.

2. Ephesians 1:9 – the mystery of God’s will

3. Colossians 4:3 – the mystery of Christ

4. Colossians 2:2 and Revelation 10:7 – mystery of the Trinity

5. 2 Thessalonians 2:7 – the mystery of iniquity

6. 1 Timothy 3:9 – the mystery of the faith

7. 1 Timothy 3:16 – the mystery of godliness

B. This Mystery is focused on unity (Ephesians 3:6-9)

1. The “gentiles” should be the fellow heirs.

a. The Old Testament (covenant) was to Israel.
b. Israel was told the “separate” from the Gentiles.

2. The gentiles would be of the same body.

3. The gentiles would be partakers of the promise.

a. … that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.  (Exodus 11:7)
b. For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.  (Deuteronomy 14:2)
c. For thou didst separate them from among all the people of the earth, to be thine inheritance, as thou spakest by the hand of Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord GOD. (1 Kings 8:53)
d. Now therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange wives. (Ezra 10:11)

C. This Mystery was “hidden” during the Old Testament times (Ephesians 3:9)

1. Now to be preached among the “gentiles” (3:8)

2. Now to have men “see” the fellowship (3:9)

D. This Mystery is “revealed” through the “Gospel” of Christ (Ephesians 3:6)

1. The Gospel IS the power of God (Romans 1:16)

2. The Gospel must be “preached”

a. Jesus: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” (Luke 4:18)
b. Early Apostles: “And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans. (Acts 8:25)
c. Paul & Others: “And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch.” (Acts 14:21)
d. No OTHER Gospel:  “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8-9)
e. THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL:  “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” (Revelations 14:6-7)

E. The Mystery is a lesson for the angelic powers (Ephesians 3:10-11).

1. The “principalities and powers” learn from us.

a. Some are our enemies (Ephesians 6:12).
b. Some are our servants (Hebrews 1:14).

2. They are watching the “assembly” (3:10).

a. This is the “household” (Ephesians 2:19).
b. This is the “pillar and ground of truth” (1 Timothy 3:15).


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