Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Mystery of the Gospel

Insights from Ephesians: Part Four
Ephesians 3:1-21

There is a mystery, the apostle wrote, given by revelation. 1
This mystery, previously unknown, pertained to Gentile salvation. 2
Until Jesus came to bring a new covenant, salvation belonged to the Jews.
By life and death, He fulfilled the law qualifying the Gentiles too.

But whether one is a Gentile or Jew the gospel must be preached.
So God appointed apostles true so both groups could be reached. 3
In the beginning faithful Jews welcomed the message with joy,
But when Paul preached to Gentiles too, their leaders were annoyed.

The apostles wrote about this church age when billions experience salvation.
It was mostly Gentiles who filled the church, for the Jews denied its formation.
After the rapture when Jesus comes for His Bride, when the world is filled with pain,
Twelve thousand evangelists from each tribe will call Israel back again.

Until the Lord comes, the church is called to make His wisdom known
To demons who followed Lucifer; holy angels around God’s throne. 4
The Father achieved His eternal purpose through the sacrifice of His Son,
So Paul is preaching to the Gentiles salvation for them has been won. 5

Paul prays for the church to be filled with power; grounded in God’s love.
He wants them to grasp how high and deep is the love of God above. 6
To Him whose power is without measure, to Him we can’t do without
To Him be all the honor and glory. To Him our praises we shout. 7
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1. Ephesians 3:2-3 2. Ephesians 3:6 3. Ephesians 3:7-9
4. Ephesians 3:10 5. Ephesians 3:11-12 6. Ephesians 3:14-19
7. Ephesians 3:19-20

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