Sunday, February 14, 2010

Our #Wealth In #Christ> #Unity: #Ephesians 3B

Theme: Christ's body, the church.

1. Its wealth (1 - 3)
      H. Unity (2:11 - 3:21)
 
God gave Paul the ministry of proclaiming the gospel mystery ("formerly hidden truth") to Gentiles (1-5). Although the OT said God would bless "all nations" (Genesis 12:3) through Abraham's "seed" (Christ [Galatians 3:15-16]), the hidden truth ("mystery") was that in so doing, He would make them into one spiritual body (the church), with believing Jews, as partakers of the promise (cf. Galatians 3:8, 13-14).

God's purpose in this plan, was to make the church an eternal trophy of His multi-faceted wisdom and grace to the angelic creatures. It was carried out in the person of Christ (cf. Galatians 3:13-14, 23-29), in whom we have confident access to God's throne of grace, in prayer (cf. Hebrews 4:14-16).

Since, in Christ, we have this bold access to God, Paul concludes the doctrinal part of this letter with a prayer that God would strengthen the church spiritually, that Christ would be at home in their lives, that they, having been rooted and grounded in love (a past act with continuing results), would comprehend the scope of Christ's love (that it surpasses knowledge), and thus be filled to the measure of all the fulness of God.

This is the wealth of the church "in Christ".

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