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Ephesians, Chapter Three, Lesson One

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 1:12-14

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 amazing ministry!

** 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 1:12-14

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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