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Ephesians, Chapter Three, Lesson Two

SPIRITUAL SERVICE            Page 4
V. 9 (Cont'd.)

** Just so we do not miss it, where has this mystery been kept?

For ages it "has been hidden in God".

** Why is that important?

Because of His sovereignty! It is His mystery, His gospel, His salvation, His heaven, His timing and His choice, all by His grace!

V.10 ** Why is God now revealing these mysteries?

To make known the wisdom of God through the agency of His church! God is putting His infinite wisdom on display for all creation to see and to respond in worship.

** To whom is God making known His wisdom?

"the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places"... angelic beings, to the praise and adoration of God. The church, you and I as individual members of the body of Christ, are used to bring praise from angels to God! cf. 1Peter 1:10-12, Luke 15:10

V.11 ** How long has God had this plan?

Eternally, this plan was "in accordance with the eternal purpose" of God.
cf. 2Timothy 1:8-9

** How was God going to carry out His purpose?

In the Person of His Son, Christ Jesus our Lord!
Even when the going got unmeasureably difficult, Jesus Christ was committed to the purpose of His sovereign Father. cf. John 12:27-28

We need to recognize and follow that humble example in our own daily walk with the Lord.

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