Ephesians 3 Reading Guide

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Chapter Summary

  • v1-12 - Paul's an interesting guy. What would make somebody like him, on a successful career track as a religious lawyer, give that all up to literally become a prisoner of Christ? This opening passage answers that question:

  • The 'mystery' that unifies all people, which had not been made known to people in the past, was made known to Paul and the other apostles.

  • This gospel - the 'boundless riches of Christ (v8) - was made known to Paul

  • in order that he would make it known to the world

  • in order that churches would be formed

  • in order that these churches would make known "the manifold wisdom of God (v10)."

  • Inasmuch as you are a member of this universal church, you are included in this responsibility to make this gospel known.

  • Paul summarizes the core message of the gospel in v12:

In Christ and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

  • v13-19 - Paul immediately takes advantage of this ability to approach God by offering a beautiful prayer on our behalf. Notice the AAA prayer pattern that we see so often in Biblical prayers:

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: He begins this prayer by recognizing that God is the Father of all families in heaven and on earth (so our common ethnic background is 'child of God')

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Paul prays that you will be:

  • strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being

  • so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith

  • ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED: The prayer concludes with Paul making an audacious 'ask' on your behalf: