Hopefully, you were able to read Ephesians chapter 1 at some point yesterday. In doing so, no doubt you saw many of the characteristics of God that the Ephesian church understood. That God is the God of blessing. That God is the God of standards, wanting us to be holy and blameless. God is a God of great love, so much so that He wanted us to be children and not mere servants. If you continued on, you discovered that God is also a God of kind intentions; that's why He saved us. That God is a God of redemption and forgiveness. He's a God who doesn't just give us a little grace but instead lavishes it upon us.

And truth be told the list could go on indefinitely. Today I want to pick up where we ended yesterday; the idea of mystery. For whatever reason, the mysteries referred to in Ephesians were made known specifically to God's Holy Apostles and Prophets in the Spirit. What's impressive for us is that these mysteries were intended to be taught to us. The mystery was revealed to the Apostles and Prophets, and we're to be taught, thus arriving at a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God. In Ephesians 3 Verse 6 Paul's reference to mystery is specifically that both Jew and Gentile make up the body of Christ. Within the context of Acts 18 through 20 we see that this means they were both given the Holy Spirit of promise. Both made into one body which is the body of Christ. The grace given to Paul to preach the gospel to the Gentiles was a work of God's power (v. 7), and yet it was for teaching people of the unfathomable riches of Christ. What was once a mystery is no longer mystery. What was once a cursory knowledge of God has just been made known via a spirit of wisdom and revelation; a supernatural occurrence for Paul. Although being taught is a seemingly natural phenomenon to us we do well to remember it's still the Spirit of God that inspires the words that teach us. Action Step: Read Ephesians 1-3 picking out any reference to mystery. Then answer this question; are any of these mysteries intended to stay mysteries? Although it is okay to appeal to mystery in some cases, the Bible makes so many mysteries plain to us.

#mystery #Ephesians #revelation #NathanFranckhauser #Piercepointchurch #piercetownship

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