THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS
CHAPTER THREE - The Introduction
"Why You Have It"
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That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God."


J. Deering, AncientPath.net


Introduction

Chapter two explored God's calling on those Gentiles who have believed. Chapter three brings an explanation of how it came about that Gentiles would become a part of God's New Covenant. Hidden in the Old Testament and revealed in the New Testament is the wonderful news of God's eternal plan to incorporate all of believing humanity into the one family of God.

In the first three verses Paul introduces us to the process by which God revealed this new arrangement to him. He has once before written about these things - to the Galatians. In verse six Paul reveals the core information about this new relationship with God. The Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members, and fellow partakers of God's promise in Christ Jesus.

Verses seven through nineteen Paul tells of the purpose of his ministry as a believing Jew among the Gentiles. He reminds them of what they already know about his life and ministry among them. He also tells them of his prayer that they would become "strengthened with power" so that Christ may dwell in their hearts enabling them to be "rooted and grounded in love," and that they would be enabled to comprehend the Love of Christ.

The chapter ends with one of Paul's most memorable benedictions, "Now to Him who is able ...."

As a way of recapping the first two chapters of Ephesians we can take a look at the above chart.

Way back when we started the study we first looked at Paul's introduction. He presented a brief two verse statement concerning who He was and to whom he wrote. Paul indicated that he was writing to believers.

Our first major study began with 1:3, when we left Ephesians for a little while and considered "Every Spiritual Blessing" that was ours because of our being called of God to belief. Then we came back to Ephesians and considered God's revelation that we are indeed a part of the blessing of The Father's plan (1:3-6).

Starting a new section, Paul then began a dialog that listed the "Result" of God's calling you (1:15-3:21). He listed four things we should know (knowledge of The Father, God's calling, Your inheritance, and the power of God toward you). He then went on to an equally divided discussion of your place in salvation and the necessity of creating unity between the Jew and the Gentile within the Body of Christ, and that's where we left off last week, with the building up of the Body of Christ out of this one group, who was formerly two differing groups.

In Chapter 3 we will encounter Paul's closing statements to us concerning the "Results of you calling" as He enters into the "Why You Have God's Calling" (salvation).
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"Why You Have It"
The Mystery of The Church Revealed, 3:1-21


Dr. Douglas MacCorkle gives some very beneficial information in his book "God's Special Secret." "Never before was an apostle appointed to the Gentiles. The Gentiles desperately needed instruction about the benefits newly open to them under the grace of God. God saved and recruited a person who was well-versed in Jewish history and law and educated at the university. He taught him the dimensions of divine grace in Christ Jesus. This all prepared him to be the prime witness to the new creation, the Church of Jesus Christ, before the gentiles..." "For a long time the Gentiles people were without any direct spiritual benefits. They are now brought near to God by the cross. They were called out of the densest spiritual darkness, (1 Peter 2:9), for they were once far off, (Ephesians 2:12), without Messiah, without Spiritual citizenship, without Spiritual covenants, without hope, without God."


Dr. Douglas MacCorkle gives some very beneficial information in his book "God's Special Secret." "Never before was an apostle appointed to the Gentiles. The Gentiles desperately needed instruction about the benefits newly open to them under the grace of God. God saved and recruited a person who was well-versed in Jewish history and law and educated at the university. He taught him the dimensions of divine grace in Christ Jesus. This all prepared him to be the prime witness to the new creation, the Church of Jesus Christ, before the gentiles..." "For a long time the Gentiles people were without any direct spiritual benefits. They are now brought near to God by the cross. They were called out of the densest spiritual darkness, (1 Peter 2:9), for they were once far off, (Ephesians 2:12), without Messiah, without Spiritual citizenship, without Spiritual covenants, without hope, without God."

Brief Outline of Chapter 3

"Why You Have It"
The Mystery of The Church Revealed, 3:1-21

A. Introduction to the "Mystery," 3:1-5
B. The "Mystery" Itself, 3:6
C. Paul's Ministry, 3:7-12
D. Paul's Request, 3:13
E. Paul's Prayer, 3:14-19
F. Paul's Benediction, 3:20-21

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