Chapter Three, Lesson One
SPIRITUAL STEWARDSHIP Page
V. 1 (Cont'd.)
** However, of whom did Paul consider himself to be a prisoner?
He called himself, "the prisoner of Christ Jesus".
** Why was that?
Because of the reason for his imprisonment - he said it was for "the
cause of Christ" in his letter to the Philippians. cf. Philippians
V. 2 ** Is Paul wondering if the Ephesians had heard of the ministry
given to him by the Lord?
No - we understand that the phrase "if indeed you have heard"
is a Greek first-class conditional clause which indicates that the condition
is assumed to be true. Paul could have said, "Since you have heard".
The Ephesians, and all of those in Asia-minor had heard of this most
** To what stewardship is Paul referring?
The "oikonomia" of God's grace! The term meant the management
of a household, business, or other concern on behalf of someone else.
It is the same word translated "administration" in verse nine.
** What was Paul managing by the grace of God?
"the mystery of Christ" cf. V.4
"through the gospel" cf. V.6
** Do you think that Paul took his stewardship from God very seriously?
Absolutely! cf. 1Corinthians 9:16-17, Romans 15:15-16 and 1Timothy
Every Christian, like Paul has received a stewardship of all that has
been given to them by the grace of God for the purpose of "managing"
it on behalf of the One who saved us. We are stewards of our calling,
spiritual gifts, opportunities, skills, knowledge, and every other blessing
that we have from the Lord.
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