THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS
J. Deering, AncientPath.net
to be specific,
|God Reveal Himself and His Plans Specificaly|
the Gentiles are
|The Gentiles, The Nations, All Non-Jews|
|fellow heirs and||NOW FELLOW HEIRS with the Jew|
|fellow members of the body, and||NOW FELLOW MEMBERS with the Jew|
|fellow partakers of the promise||NOW FELLOW PARTAKERS with the Jew|
|in Christ Jesus||IN CHRIST|
|through the gospel,||Through The Gospel Of Christ Jesus|
COMMENTARY - "The Mystery Itself," 3:6
B. The "Mystery" Itself, 3:6
"to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel,"
For some time we have been exploring this new arrangement whereby God now, through Jesus Christ, has established this "Non-Jewish" assembly of people - from those who are of Jewish heritage and from those who are not of Jewish heritage - for the specific purpose of having a "People for Himself."
Up until the age of the church the Scriptures have been basically all about the Nation of Israel. With the rejection of the Christ by the Jewish leadership (and the Jewish people) God temporarily closes the book concerning them. He moves onto a "new" plan (new to us) that will call out a group of people from the whole world to be His own. In this new group there is neither Jew nor Gentile, just people who Love the Lord Jesus Christ with all their hearts - who have believed in and on Him.
Paul states that this new body of believers are now "fellow members of the body." Each one who believes has full citizenship in this new body of believers. No one is better because he is, or is not, a Jew. All are now considered "One."
He also states that each one who believes is now a "fellow partaker of the promise." That promise began with Abram and has followed down the family line all the way to Jesus (The Last King of Israel). The central core of the promise concerns "freedom from the effects and penalty of Sin," along with many specific benefits to the Nation of Israel. All who come to Christ in this age are included in the "Heirs." "Fellow Members," and "Fellow Partakers" of this great promise.
Becoming a part of this Great Promise is the very work of the Gospel, that Jesus, the very Son of God, died upon the cross at Calvary in order to satisfy the just demands of God upon a sinful people for their sin and sins. What He did there, willingly, places each and every believer into the "Fellow Partakers" of this great promise and "Fellow Heirs" of all things heavenly through Christ.
VISUALIZED TEXT - "The Mystery Itself," 3:6
THE VISUALIZED TEXT
& prepositions underlined,
words not in original text in italics) (alternate
text in purple)
to be specific,
the Gentiles are
fellow heirs and
fellow members of the body, and
fellow partakers of the promise
in Christ Jesus
through the gospel,
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