This is “the fellowship of the mystery” referred to in Ephesians 3:9. They had been listening carefully to him as he spoke of his conversion, of how he had been called by God, until he stated that he had been sent out unto the Gentiles. (Ephesians 3:1-6 RSV). God had committed a certain responsibility to him. The only thing that can cure it is death itself. DAY 1 Read Ephesians 3:1-13 three times. When did it begin to open up? A mystery is that “which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets” (Ephesians 3:5). This is the biblical idea behind the word dispensation. This is a picture of life in the flesh, the natural human life. There are a few references -- just enough to teach the truth, so that the Old Testament believers knew there was life beyond death. Put in these terms, this means that the present "civilization" we are living in secular life, with its politics, its education, its legislative system, its reportage of news events can be likened to a cocoon, clinging lifelessly to the branch of history. 6This 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. The paragraph falls very simply into two divisions. This law states that energy is becoming less available, everything is running down, deteriorating. And he sums it up in these words: "the mystery of Christ" -- Jesus Christ, at the heart of all things. 1For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—. It is not some kind of strange, esoteric mystery that Paul has in mind. And he recognizes that they were written on behalf of the Gentiles. The Lord Jesus himself began to unfold the mystery. From kata and hos; just as, that. And here he makes up three words which you find nowhere else in the Greek New Testament. I hope I'll learn from the lesson of Paul in this respect. We don't know what to do with the millions of people who have been shoved off into ghettos, areas of our cities where economic pressures force them to live, and prevent them from having available to them the resources of life that many of us enjoy. So when Peter and James and John and the other apostles began to compare notes with Paul, they were astonished that this apostle, this man who had been the persecutor of the church and the chief murderer of the saints in Jerusalem, understood not only the doctrine they had been taught, but also the very events they had gone through. In verse 1 “For this reason” are connecting words indicating that what Paul is now going to write is based How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery. .” Do this in remembrance of me,'" (1 Corinthians 11:23-24 RSV). Eph 3:4 When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, Eph 3:5 which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations ; as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. Ephesians 3, Verses 10-13 ¶“ 10 God intended that now all the many sides of his wisdom should be made known. This is true in every area of our lives. It is mystery which makes life entrancing, fascinating. Scholars are not exactly sure what he meant by that. As we will see, this is the greatest secret ever presented to the minds of men. And there is much yet to be learned, even in this realm. They died in hope, but that hope was not very well defined. As I wrote afore in few words.--The reference is to the brief notice in Ephesians 1:10-14, and to the further explanation in Ephesians 2:11-22. Ephesians 3:3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, Ephesians 3:10 The purpose of the mystery is that the church would declare it to demonic forces! This is the only way these problems can be worked out. God had to prepare this race to be able to grasp that fact and to be ready to believe it. We don't know what to do about these things. Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because. This was information not known in the past (Ephesians 3:4–5). Furthermore, he wants these Ephesians to know that they were benefiting by his arrest. . Some propose one solution and some another; some are partially right, and some are almost totally wrong. Paul is concerned first about his role as a teacher of this mystery, and then about the mystery itself, about what it is he teaches. The whole experience of life is transformed, right now. The second thing Paul says about himself, so that they might understand what he was going through, is that he was a steward of God's grace. "Stop going on in the old way. This is particularly true of this passage, because Paul begins "For this reason ..." -- but he doesn't give the reason toward which he is moving until Verse 13! So it was because of this great message that he was a prisoner. As Paul looks back upon these great men of the past -- Moses, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and others -- he says that though they understood much, though they looked into the future far beyond our own day and God showed them what the end of all things would be, nevertheless they did not understand this mystery. EPHESIANS 3:1-13 THE MYSTERY OF THE GOSPEL REVEALED THROUGH PAUL As you start this study, ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what God has said through Paul. Why are there so many family breakups? All of this, again, like everything we have in Christ, is (at the end of verse 12) ours through faith alone in Christ alone. But this is what the apostles were teaching -- that God has already broken through the old creation, and, right in the midst of the old, he is creating a new. It is striking that nowhere does Paul ever refer to himself as a prisoner of Caesar. This is the mystery, as Paul describes it to us, and as God wants us to understand it. It wasn't until fourteen years later that he ever had an opportunity to sit down and compare notes with all the other apostles. May God help us to make it personal in our own lives. Then he is carried along from one truth to another until finally he gets back to what he started to say in the beginning. I have a small writing assignment due Friday, thought I'd take some notes here. Right in the midst of that cocoon something happens. To make known, declare, know, discover. I don't know how you think of yourself, but I know that it helps greatly to personalize these great truths, to remember that this is where God wants the application finally to be made -- right home into your hearts, into your lives, into your families. He says, "For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, 'This is my body which is for you. Subject to permissions policy, all rights reserved. 11 This fits God’s purpose for … And God understands this. But now we come to the full statement of what it is. From a derivative of ginosko; to make known; subjectively, to know. He has a wonderful plan for its life. We don't really know what it is. Solutions are coming into being as we grasp what Christ has made available to us. 3:3). There is something about human beings which causes us to be fascinated by something hidden, secret, by cryptic truth which needs to be discovered and revealed. 3. And we cannot break this law. But it isn't over. 2Surely you have heard about the administration of God's grace that was given to me for you, 3that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. Ah, but in the realm of the Spirit the breakthrough has already occurred. Some of you have learned truth you ought to write down and pass along. Read verse in New International Version But if we see it as a stewardship we will understand it. This he did with the rituals and symbols in the Old Testament -- the giving of the Law and the sacrifices -- which helped us to understand that we human beings have something inherently wrong with us, which cannot be cured by our making a few good resolutions. Why can't we get along with one another? Ephesians 3:13 is the conclusion of Paul’s parenth… You may live your life as a member of the new creation -- in the midst of the old, but not part of it any more -- "no longer strangers, no longer foreigners," says the apostle. Key text: “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 Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 3:6). It is not to be confused with the nation Israel—Israel and the Body of Christ will always remain separate entities. Here the prevailing idea of the preceding chapters is the wonder and the mystery of God's fore-ordaining love, overflowing in the riches of His grace to those who are made one with Him and with each other in Christ Jesus. Here he is touching the whole problem of man and his universe, man living in a natural world, the dominion (or lack of it) of man over that world, and the reason why we cannot solve our ecological riddles. Cross references. The Bible reveals at least three callings.” (1) The calling of Israel (2) The calling of the church before Acts 28 (3) The calling of the Church of the Mystery. The gospel was revealed to him as he had previously mentioned (Ephesians 3:3). There are those who tell us that the Apostle Paul learned his gospel from the other apostles, who in turn had heard it from Jesus, and that, therefore, Paul's apostleship is somewhat less than theirs. They could not understand why the mighty apostle had to be a prisoner -- limited, unable to come to them in their need as a growing young church -- and why all communication with him had to be by correspondence. He saw that Caesar was not the one who had the final say about him; Jesus did. And, he says, they added nothing to him. Amen. (Romans 16:25-27 RSV). 3 For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— 2 assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you, 3 how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. So he invents new ones. Every now and then we run across someone who says, usually in defense of Women's Liberation, that Paul was a crusty old bachelor whom no one can really trust, and that we must understand that he was conditioned by the culture of his time, and that therefore one must pick and choose among his writings. This is a tremendous lesson to us, who sometimes become worried and anxious about what the political powers-that-be are doing in the world today. It would simply be “a new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:17), “one new man” (Ephesians 2:15), a new species of mankind. The apostle was concerned that the Christians to whom he was writing at this time in his life, the Ephesians, Philippians, and others, would understand why he was going through the struggles he was. No, the word "mystery" in Ephesians 3 means – something that was hidden, but has now been revealed. "A people who sat in darkness saw a great light," (Isaiah 9:2 RSV). He is the One who opens, and no man shuts, who shuts, and no man opens, who orders, and his will is carried out. This is what they never understood. This study will explore the meaning and significance of this concept in Ephesians. Think of this! Don't go on any longer subject to all the heartache and misery and malice and hatred and resentment and oppression which comes from the old creation. So here he was in Rome, a prisoner of Caesar, awaiting trial before Nero. The reason is obvious when you read his letters. If God has made known His precious, glorious secret, which He purposed for us in Christ before the foundation of the world, why should any child of God be ignorant concerning the mystery of God’s will? Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, Ephesians 1:9-11 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: …, Ephesians 2:11-22 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; …. Verse 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; DAY TWO Questions and Answers. Website © 2021 by Ray Stedman Ministries. This is what Paul said was given to him. Ephesians 3:12 is quite clear. This chapter starts with the words “For this reason . And that light has been reaching out to the world ever since, bringing men out of the old into the new. It is why the Scriptures say, "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing; but the glory of kings is to search it out," (Proverbs 25:2 RSV). Ephesians 3:4-6 In these verses, in brief form, is Paul's statement of the mystery that lies at the heart of all life. Ephesians 3:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ephesians 3:9, NIV: "and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things." You are a new creation in Jesus Christ. Now I am called by God to make known the fellowship of this mystery. In the Old Testament there is very little reference to the resurrection of the body. 4:16; 10:19; 1 Jn 5:15). We don't know how to balance this. Let’s first notice what Paul says about this mystery. And the book of Hebrews tells us that we do not yet see all things subject to Christ, but we do see Jesus, the One who has been made heir of all things, and in him we share that heirship, so that one day all things subject to this new law will be ours. But they didn't know what kind of life, what it would be like. But personally I think it is a reference to what he has written previously in this letter. Paul knew, therefore, that anytime the Lord Jesus decided Paul's imprisonment would be of no further value, he would be set free, that when the Lord Jesus spoke, Caesar acted. He didn't talk with the apostles; in fact, it was three years before he ever went back to Jerusalem after his conversion. Therefore, live life as members of a new race," is his exhortation. We struggle constantly trying to understand what are the great realities they represent. "You have broken with all that. It is a breakthrough, a new and marvelous way of life which has already begun in our experience, and which, ultimately, will solve all the problems facing humanity. RayStedman.org/permissions. From pro and grapho; to write previously; figuratively, to announce, prescribe. Did you ever wonder why caterpillars crawl on the ground? -3Ephesians 3:20-21 sum up the whole in a doxology to God the Father through Christ Jesus. This is how Paul sees himself -- as a steward of the mysteries of God. What is the purpose of the mystery? Even terms we commonly use, such as love and joy and life itself, are basically mysterious to us. It cannot see very far, and doesn't know which turn to take. Therefore, he never saw himself as being the prisoner of Caesar. Finally, the apostle touches the matter of power: "partakers of the promise." Well, in those three terms you have the answers to the greatest struggles with which we humans are engaged today: "Joint-heirs" has to do with possessions. That is the first thing he wants them to know. C. The Mystery of Christ (3:4). Note Ephesians 3:11, “GOD’S ETERNAL PURPOSE.” Then God’s will in His eternal purpose should no longer be a mystery, that is, a secret. They mobbed him and would have lynched him on the spot had it not been for the intervention of the Roman guard. So it is obvious, from what the apostle says here in Ephesians, that God needed to prepare human beings for the unfolding of this secret. He had to get them ready for it. He tells us very plainly in his letter to the Galatians that when he was converted on that Damascus road, "I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ," (Galatians 1:12 RSV). We all love mysteries. The mystery was not that Gentiles could be saved—this was known in Old Testament times (Genesis 12:3)—but that the two should become one new man (2:15). Because when we are still living in the old creation those things are inevitable. Men and women today can live on the basis of this new creation. This is exactly in line with what he had written to the Corinthians much earlier. From apokalupto; disclosure. Here he begins to describe in full detail the great mystery which he had devoted his life to propagating around the world. This is a great parable that God teaches us in nature. But Paul says that in Christ the breakthrough has occurred. The reference is one of those parenthetical remarks, which, to those remembering how St. Paul's Epistles were dictated, almost irresistibly suggest insertion on the reading over of the Epistle. But now we come to the full statement of what it is. And then he saw only James, the Lord's brother, and they didn't talk about doctrine. I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory," you will understand what he is trying to say in the intervening sentences. Ephesians 2:16 and reconciling both of them to God in one body through the cross, by which He extinguished their hostility. And even then he had not fully revealed this mystery. Paul himself, and all the other apostles, would deny this. Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 1st Person Singular. In this next sentence he gives us a brief summary of this great mystery: When you read this you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; that is, how the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. This mystery is made known to the rulers and authorities in the highest realms. Nobody has yet ever found out what goes on inside a cocoon that transforms a caterpillar into a butterfly. I refer you to Matthew 13, where you have it recorded that our Lord spoke these amazing words. We have access (cf. To do so, it will first provide a definition of the word, then highlight key insights from each occurrence. I'm glad the Revised Standard Version translates this word stewardship instead of dispensation, for dispensation is often misunderstood in our day. It consists of this great truth: When they come to Christ, Jews and Gentiles together are joint heirs, joint members of one body, and joint partakers of the promise. So he was writing to settle their fears and to show them what it was all about. There is the mystery: The first thing he says about it is that it has been hidden in the past. They are, literally: joint-heirs, joint-bodies, and joint-partakers. A primary particle; down, in varied relations (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined). Writing these letters is the greatest thing the apostle ever did, for it is these which have changed our lives. That is, "You can understand that I have great grasp and understanding of what this mystery is, that it is really the secret of all things, touching everything in life. This refers not only to the fact that his arrest had come about because he was preaching the gospel to the Gentiles, but also to the fact that it benefited the Gentiles. Ephesians 3:9 Or by. There is a line of teaching called ultradispensationalism, in which certain teachers (who are genuine believers in Christ) teach that only the Apostle Paul knew this secret, that to him was given the privilege of unveiling it for the first time to human minds and hearts. This is God's lesson regarding what he is doing now. It consists of this great truth: That the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and joint partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. The key mystery is Christ, says the apostle. God knows that we all want to be kings, that we are made to reign. Ep). And the glory of kings is to discover that which has been hidden. We know they are absolutely essential to our existence, but we don't know what they are. He was Caesar's prisoner. Eph. This is why the ecological problems of today are unsolvable. None of us can help but be aware that this is an extremely troubled time in which we are living: We do not know how to solve the problems which are overwhelming us. I don't know if anyone has told "The Four Spiritual Laws" to a caterpillar, but it would be interesting to do so, because the first point would be, "God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life." From a derivative of muo; a secret or 'mystery'. This secret was first mentioned in Genesis 3:15 and was gradually unfolded in all the Scriptures till in the dispensation of the mystery Christ is fully revealed as Head of the church. I know that sometimes we are so blinded by familiarity with these terms that we miss the impact of this. This is what Christmas is all about. (Ephesians 3:4-6 RSV). To us is committed this responsibility. Why is there so much hatred and resentment and bitterness and malice? 1:18) to the throne of grace. In First Corinthians 4 he says, This is how one should regard us [apostles], as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Paul was a minister of this gospel according to God's grace (Ephesians 3:7). The answer is, in Jesus Christ. Ephesians 3:6 The words This mystery is are inferred from verse 4. The word “calling,” is used to make known dispensational truth. The Apostle Paul describes the greatest mystery of life to the Ephesians in these words: For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles -- assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you, how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. A striking example of this is found in First Corinthians 11, where he writes about the Lord's supper. Sometimes it is difficult for those who do not read Greek to see how Paul builds his letters. One of these days, Springtime is going to come to the world, and when it comes, what God as already been preparing will then become manifest. And the effects of it can be felt in our relationships with others, in our attitudes within, in our treatment of the environment around, in our enjoyment of the world of nature which is already present around us, and ultimately, in the power of the Holy Spirit imparted to us to make us live as we ought to live, in the fullness of joy and peace and life and glory and rejoicing before God. Hence, in English, the idea would be more clearly expressed by "I have written above." This is an apt description of the way we live our lives as natural human beings. It is made known through the people God has called out. Instead, God’s will or plan was a mystery in the sense that it was once not revealed or known, but is now revealed. Ephesians 5:7 Therefore do not be partakers with them. Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. He would have preached to them and taught them directly from the Word, but never would have had time to write it down. "That you'll die, that you'll come to the end, that somehow all your old life as a caterpillar will decay and you will be left lifeless and dead, in a cocoon of your own spinning, hanging on a limb, and apparently it will all be over." Why? And I wonder if sometime the Lord isn't going to lock me up to give me a chance to write some of the things he has laid on my heart. 1. And one of these days that cocoon will open, in the Springtime of the world, and a new being will step out -- a being which is being created at this time right within the cocoon. As Paul came to understand the One whom he served, he knew that Jesus is in control of history. This is the great mystery. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet:   "I will open my mouth in parables,   I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world." As we will see, this is the greatest secret ever presented to the minds of men. This may seem like old stuff to you, for unfortunately these words have come so frequently to our ears that we've lost the impact of them. He had been arrested because he was charged by the Jews with sedition, or treason, against the emperor. In Ephesians 3:1-13, Paul elaborates on this ministry of the mystery. THE MYSTERY WAS A SPECIAL CALLING. (Ephesians 1:9-10 RSV). Why don't they run around on four legs? Thus they had to acknowledge that he was an apostle on equal terms with them. In Chapter 1, Verses 9-10, he says, For he [God the Father] has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fulness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. Rather, it is something that is drastically and terribly and deeply wrong. Hence, God is here described as He "who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think," and to do all "by His power dwelling" and working in us. It is at the heart of all human existence. In Verse 34, Matthew tells us this: All this Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed he said nothing to them without a parable. When you read this you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; that is, how the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. But it has now been revealed, Paul says, "to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit." The third element of his stewardship, Paul says, is that it has given him great insight: "... the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly." This is the struggle of humanity which is answered by our becoming "joint-members of one body." This is where we get our understanding of the authority of this great apostle. So perhaps the reason the Lord Jesus kept him a prisoner was that he might have time to write. In Christ, God is beginning a new creation, one that lives by a wholly different principle and is not subject to this law. It's a letter that captures so much of God's plan right across redemptive history and the fulfillment that has come in Jesus Christ. We don't know how to break loose from this syndrome. The remarkable thing about it is that you can experience it right now. A little was revealed in the past, but the great secret was kept hidden. The Mystery. In this context, this simply means, something that was hidden, but has now been revealed. And we can live in that new creation right now. An unveiling, uncovering, revealing, revelation. In Ephesians the mystery refers to God’s secret plan to integrate Jew and Gentile into one body. He saw him as John did in the book of Revelation -- as sitting on his throne, holding the reins of government in his hands. What we are to inherit from God, ultimately, is the world. We are being swamped by our own inventions. This secret was given EXCLUSIVELY to the Apostle Paul BY REVELATION” (Eph. It is not new to us -- we have been discussing and discovering aspects of it all along in this letter. That is, great men of God in the Old Testament did not understand this mystery. If you read that as merely theological language, you have missed the import of what he is saying -- that every bit of life finds its final solution in the person and being of the Lord Jesus himself. We are unable to stem the tide of broken marriages, and so our divorce rate is higher than that of any other nation in the world. God has set his Son at the heart of all things. When Paul spoke to the Jewish mob in his own defense, after he was arrested in the temple courts, the thing which triggered their renewed ire was the word Gentile in his message. You see, the thing which was not taught in the Old Testament was the resurrection of Jesus, and the effects of it in our lives right now. Then all hell broke loose again. This is what began at Bethlehem. The Aramaic word so translated is raz which according to the Brown, Driver and Briggs Lexicon is a Persian loan word and is to be translated "secret." There is always an element we don't understand. For permission to use this content, please review 2:11–22, Paul reminded his Gentile readers that they had previously been outside of God’s unfolding plan of redemption—at least in an ethnic and practical sense. Verb - Aorist Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular. We do not know anything fully. Not even the Angels knew about it, Paul said. (Ephesians 3:1-6 RSV) There, in very brief form, is his statement of the mystery which lies at the heart of all life. Therefore, eventually, he was remanded to the care of the palace guard, the personal bodyguard of the emperor. Gone to them had he been free cross, by revelation, as I have briefly. 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