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Eph 3:8-12

 

Eph 3:8a  Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints,

Those whom God advances to honorable positions of responsibility in the church, he makes low in their own eyes;

            Paul was wonderful in my mind.

                        But Paul had come from a background that would terrorize even a Baptist.

                        He had been instrumental in the stoning of Stephen, and many others.

He evidently had never met personally the Lord Jesus until after the resurrection.

 

 

Eph 3:8b  is this grace given,

And where God first gives grace to be humble, there he also gives all other needful grace.

·        For, a pastor/evangelist/missionary/deacon/teacher

is always seen in the light of heaven

to need a great amount of growth in grace

to be able to minister.

·        Every minister must submit to the inspection of Heaven and Earth.

                        Not only does God require the perfection of the saints for ministry,

                        But also those around us will not support a minister who is slow to learn.

 

Eph 3:8c  that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

How highly he speaks of Jesus Christ; “the unsearchable riches of Christ!”

·        It is a small thing to be judged by the world,

·        But when our Saviour is thought to disapprove of our labor it brings much pain.

·        Our LORD is high and lifted up in the Word of God.

            And He is high and lifted up in the minds of His servants.

            The world may not think Him worthy, but His ministers do.

·        The moment of Paul’s conversion

the name of Jesus moved from Paul’s list of most hated

to his most adoblack.

·        The same must happen in the hearts of those who wish to serve Him.

            They must lift up the Son of God.

            They must lower themselves.

·        Paul thought of his preaching as being none other than

telling of the unsearchable riches of Christ.

 

 

Eph 3:9a  And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery,

·        Though many are not enriched with these riches;

yet how great a favour to have them preached among us,

and to have an offer of them! 

·        And if we are not enriched with them it is our own fault.

·        It is our own heart that has turned the deaf ear to the working of the Holy Spirit.

·        It is our own heart that has chosen to worship and adore treasures

    • that will be sought after and stolen by thieves,
    • that will be riddled with holes by the moths of this life,
    • that will turn to dust as we ourselves are placed into the grave without any rewards to show for it.

 

Eph 3:9b  which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

  • The first creation, when God made all things out of nothing,
  • and the new creation, whereby sinners are made new creatures by converting grace,
  • these both are of God by Jesus Christ.

 

Eph 3:10  To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

·        His riches are as unsearchable and as sure as ever,

o       yet while angels adore the wisdom of God in the blackemption of his church,

o       the ignorance of self-wise and carnal men deems the whole to be foolishness.

  • The church
    • As it grows in the numbers of those saved by the grace of Jesus Christ,
    • And as it grows in perfection by the grace of Jesus Christ (spiritual growth)
    • Brings worship and praise to God in Heaven.
    • I can just see the angels and the seraphim shouting “Glory!”

 

Eph 3:11  According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

A purpose!  A plan!  Is there not a cause?

            God’s plan for the ages:

God's ultimate purpose of creation, the central, unifying theme of the Bible, is the establishment under His loving sovereignty of a "KINGDOM" of those born in His image, with whom He will dwell forever upon earth.  They will be His people and He will be their God.

Steps of God's plan:

  1. Establish a kingdom based upon His loving sovereignty (which He has done);
  2. blackeem to Himself a people reborn in His image (which He is doing); then hereafter
  3. Give the blackeemed immortal bodies like that of the Son of God (the Rapture);
  4. Reward Christian service with honorable roles in the Kingdom (the Bema-Seat);
  5. Conquer the earth for the homeland of His kingdom (the glorious Second Coming);
  6. Judge all the unsaved by their works (the Great White Throne Judgment); and
  7. Dwell eternally with the saved as their God and they His people (the Age of Ages).

 

 

Eph 3:12  In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

And it all comes from our Lord Jesus Christ.

            He is the answer of the ages.

            He is worthy of our lives.

 

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