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Ephesians, Chapter Three, Lesson Two

SPIRITUAL SERVICE            Page 2
V. 7 (Cont'd.)

** Ok, Paul begins our study for today by saying "of which I was made a minister" - to what is he referring?

"the gospel" - V.6

** Did he apply for this job or study his whole life to become a pastor?

No - He was "made" a minister. Even though Paul was a learned man, his personal studies were not designed to make him a proclaimer of the gospel of Jesus Christ, God had to do that!
cf. Galatians 1:15-16

** When Paul said he was "made a minister", what does he mean? What is a minister?

Minister translates the familiar term "diakonos". It is used 29 times in the New Testament - 3 times for deacon, 7 times for minister and 19 times for the term "servant". Paul is letting us know that his "Spiritual Service" did not originate with himself, but it came from God just as ours does!

** Paul is now going to paint an expanding portrait of his service to God for us. Let's try to pick up each piece of the painting and apply it to our own lives. How does he expand his thought that he was made a minister?

It was according to the gift of God's grace which was given to him.
cf. Ephesians 2:8-10, 1Corinthians 15:10

** Alright then, he was made a minister, by God's grace, what comes next?

It was according to the working of His power.

** Does anyone fully understand that statement?

I don't think so - 1Corinthians 2:9
God's limitless, inexhaustible power has made us into His servants. That goes way beyond our ability to understand, but not beyond our ability to believe and obey!

** Can you think of Paul's own words in another epistle that demonstrates his utter dependency on that power?

Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me".

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