April 4, 2017 – Ephesians 3:7-13

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

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2 thoughts on “April 4, 2017 – Ephesians 3:7-13”

  1. I think this probably refers to spiritual beings (see the qualifier “in the heavenly realms”). But these could be either angelic or demonic or both. Also see 1 Peter 1:12: “It was revealed to them that they [the prophets] were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.” In other words, the truth of the gospel is mysterious and marvelous even to the angels and it is through God working in the church that his wisdom is made known to them.

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