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Make All Men See

TEXT:† Eph. 3

INTRODUCTION:

A.††††† vs. 1.† PAUL LOOKS BACK TO CHAPTER 2.

††††††††† 1.†††††† Past and Present condition of Gentile Christians.

††††††††† 2.†††††† Reconciliation moves Paul to utter a prayer, asking certain blessings on their

†††††††††††††††††† behalf (vs. 14f.).

B.††††† vs. 2-13.† A PARETHETICAL STATEMENT.

††††††††† 1.†††††† Explains his part in Godís Eternal Purpose.

††††††††† 2.†††††† The churchís place is also named in general terms.

I.††††† THE MYSTERY MADE KNOWN BY REVELATION (vs. 2-7).

A.††††† IN WHAT SENSE WAS GODíS PURPOSE A MYSTERY?

††††††††† 1.†††††† Not revealed in other generations (vs. 5;† 1 Pet. 1:10-12;† 1 Cor. 2:6-9).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Now has it been revealed.

B.††††† MADE KNOWN BY REVELATION (vs. 3-5).

††††††††† 1.†††††† As opposed to being discovered (1 Cor. 1:21).

††††††††† 2.†††††† As opposed to being taught by other men (Gal. 1:11-12).

††††††††† 3.†††††† Revealed to the apostles and prophets (vs.3, 5;† Eph. 2:20;† 1 Pet. 1:12).

††††††††† 4.†††††† Revealed by the Spirit (vs. 5).

††††††††† 5.†††††† ďWhich things we speak ÖĒ (1 Cor. 1:12-13).† NOT IN MANíS WORDS.

††††††††† 6.†††††† Written so that understanding might be imparted (vs. 4;† 2 Tim. 3;16-17).

C.††††† WITH WHAT PART OF THE MYSTERY WAS PAUL ESPECIALLY

††††††††† CONCERNED? (vs. 6-7).

††††††††† 1.†††††† The Gentiles are fellow-heirs.

†††††††††††††††††† a.†††††† Sons of God (Rom. 8:16-17).

†††††††††††††††††† b.†††††† Sons of Abraham (Gal. 3:6-7, 28-29).

†††††††††††††††††† c.†††††† Share in the inheritance (1 Pet. 1:3-5).

††††††††† 2.†††††† The Gentiles are fellow-members of the body.

†††††††††††††††††† a.†††††† One body made up of Jew and Gentile (Eph. 2;14-16).

†††††††††††††††††† b.†††††† A part of the reconciled body (Eph. 2:16).

††††††††† 3.†††††† The Gentiles are fellow-partakers of the promise.

†††††††††††††††††† a.†††††† As it was promised to Eve and Abraham (Gen. 3:15;† 12:3).

†††††††††††††††††† b.†††††† In Christ (Acts 4:12;† 1 John 2:1-2;† 1 Tim. 4:3-4).

†††††††††††††††††† c.†††††† Through the gospel (1 Cor. 1:21;† Rom. 1:16;† Mark 16:15).

D.††††† PAUL CONSIDERS THIS MINISTRY A GIFT (vs. 7).

II.†††† PAULíS PLACE IN REVEALING THE MYSTERY (vs. 8-13).

A.††††† THE LEAST OF ALL SAINTS (vs. 8;† 1 Tim. 1;12-15;† 2 Cor. 4:5;† 12:15).

B.††††† AN APOSTLE T THE GENTILES (vs. 8;† Acts 9:15-16).

C.††††† HE WAS TO MAKE ALL MEN SEE THE MYSTERY (vs. 9).

D.††††† THE PURPOSE OF THIS AND SIMILAR MINISTRIES Ė TO MAKE KNOWN THE

††††††††† MANIFOLD WISDOM OF GOD THROUGH THE CHURCH (vs. 10).

E.††††† A PART OF THE ETERNAL PURPOSE OF GOD IN CHRIST

††††††††† (vs. 11;† Eph. 1:9-10, 23;† 1 Tim. 3:15).

F.††††† AS THEY RECOGNIZE HIS PLACE, HE ASKS THAT THEY NOT BE

††††††††† DISCOURAGED WHEN THEY SEE HIM SUFFER (vs. 13).

III.††† HIS PRAYER (vs. 14-19).

A.††††† ADDRESSED TO THE FATHER (vs. 14).

B.††††† THAT HE WOULD GRANT THREE THINGS:

††††††††† 1.†††††† That ye be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man.† Refers

†††††††††††††††††† to their faith and stedfastness being increased by the revealer of their faith.

††††††††† 2.†††††† That Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith.

††††††††† 3.†††††† That ye may be strong to apprehend the love of Christ.

†††††††††††††††††† a.†††††† Itís quality and quantity.

†††††††††††††††††† b.†††††† But first they must be rooted and grounded in love.

CONCLUSION:† DOXOLOGY (vs. 20-21).

Glory to God!

In Christ (Eph. 1:9-10)

In the Church (1:22-23)