Chapter Three, Lesson One
SPIRITUAL STEWARDSHIP Page
V. 2 (Cont'd.)
** Was the stewardship of God's grace given to Paul for his own benefit?
No, it was given to Paul "for you". The Gentiles, right down
to us today, were the benefactors of Paul's faithful stewardship of
the gospel of Christ.
We have already seen two marvelous examples from the heart of Paul.
First, his selflessness in being willing to pray for the very
ones that were the cause of his being imprisoned and second,
the fact that he would use his salvation/stewardship for the benefit
of others. Let's move on to the third powerful example from Paul's
"Spiritual Stewardship", that being his desire to help others
understand the mystery of Christ.
V. 3 ** What was Paul's source of information? Did he have to
exchange views with other theologians or spend time studying commentators
of his day?
No - Paul received his information "by revelation"! He was
blessed to receive it directly from God Himself. cf. Galatians 1:11-12
** What was the content of this revelation?
It was "the mystery", which he will go on to specifically
describe to us in verse six.
** We'll look at that in a moment, but for now, is this the first time
he has mentioned this mystery to the Ephesians?
No - Twice before in this letter Paul has referred to it "in brief".
cf. Ephesians 1:9-10 and Ephesians 2:11-16
The phrase "as I wrote before in brief" could be translated,
"as I briefly indicated above" or "as I already briefly
wrote you" (Amplified N.T.).
Paul will refer to this mystery three more times in this epistle as
it is at the heart of everything he has to say about salvation through
faith in Christ (Ephesians 3:4, 3:9, 6:19).
V. 4 ** Take a moment and review again verse four, what is Paul's
main concern in this verse?
He wants his reader to understand his insight into the mystery of Christ.
Remember this is a circular letter to many churches in Asia-minor and
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