Reading: Ephesians 3:7-13
Questions for observation and application:
What is Paul a servant of?
How did Paul receive this task?
What, exactly, is Paul’s task (v8, 9)?
What was God’s intention?
How can we approach God?
What request does Paul give?
The gospel (salvation by God’s grace, received through faith, because of Jesus’s blood) is how we can approach a holy and perfect God with freedom and confidence. It is good news for the Gentiles, who can now receive the “boundless riches of Christ,” and it is the manifold wisdom of God, declared in the heavenly realms.
Paul instructs the Ephesians to not be discouraged by the apparent defeat of Paul’s sufferings. How are you tempted to be discouraged? How can the truth of the gospel pull you out of discouragement?
Bonus Reading: Psalm 119:129-136