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Ephesians, Chapter One, Lesson Three

REDEMPTION IN CHRIST            Page 4
V. 8 (Cont'd.)

** First of all, how do you define the two terms?

Wisdom - sophia, carries the idea of spiritual understanding or application of the knowledge of God's Truth

Insight - phronesis, is closely related, it speaks of a practical wisdom, that can apply the Truth of God to our day-to-day living.

** Obviously, God does posses both of these characteristics. But, is it possible for us to posses them as well?

Yes, that is precisely why most commentators believe that Paul has said here in verse 8 - that God has given the believer "wisdom and insight" as a result of our redemption (V.7), through the vehicle of His grace which He "lavished" upon us (V.8).

V. 9 ** Either way, using these two characteristics, what did God make know to us?

The mystery of His will.

** What does the Bible mean when it speaks of a mystery?

It is something revealed to us in the New Testament, that had been concealed in the Old Testament. cf. Romans 16:25-26

** Specifically, which Biblical mystery is Paul referring to in this verse?

The mystery of His will concerning Jesus Christ!
cf. Ephesians 3:3-6, Colossians 1:26-27, 2:2-3

** What twofold reason does Paul give us for God to reveal His mystery?

1) He did it "according to His kind intention" and
2) "which He purposed in Him".

This is the second time we have seen that our loving heavenly Father indeed has a kind intention toward us. cf. Ephesians 1:5

Driven by His kindness toward us, He purposed to bring about our salvation at great expense to Himself through the sacrifice of His beloved Son.

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