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The Mystery of God Revealed – Eph 3:1-21 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Tsang   
Monday, 23 October 2017 12:35

 

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.

(Eph 3:6)

 

Mysteries are a favourite type of literature for many. Nothing quite as satisfying as solving a mystery whether it is Sherlock Holmes, Hardy Boys, Father Brown, or Murdoch Mysteries! Mysteries, in the Biblical sense, are things that are hidden by God, which can never be known by humanity through their own intelligence, and are only revealed by the Spirit of God. In Eph 1, Paul named one of the spiritual blessings of being in Christ is that God makes known to us, the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure (Eph 1:9). Here in Eph 3:6, Paul returns to this theme and explains the mystery revealed to him and to us.

 

First, the mystery centers on Christ and the Gospel. Christ, in all His fullest glory, was not made known to previous generations. Reading the Old Testament in hindsight, we may be able to see the clues of a coming Messiah, a suffering servant, or a promised seed but no one could have put together the idea that God would come in human form, live amongst us, teach, heal, perform miracles, suffer on the cross for our sins, and resurrect in glory. Christ who is fully human, fully God, the second person of the Trinity, is at the center of this mystery revealed.

 

Second, an essential part of the mystery is that now, in Christ, the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel. In other words, with the arrival of Christ, the blessings that were given to Israel as the chosen nation is now available to all peoples through Jesus. We are the recipients of this mystery.

 

Third, an indispensable part of the mystery is that those who are in Christ are now heirs together, members together, and sharers together in the promises of Christ Jesus. Followers of Christ together form a new humanity, the Church, the body of Christ.

 

For this, Paul offered up a beautiful heart-felt prayer that the believers in Ephesus would be rooted and that they would know how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. May we be compelled by the glorious mystery of Christ revealed to us.

 

Peace and grace, John

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 December 2017 10:08