Ephesians 3, You too will be persecuted, the dispensation of the grace of God, definition of mystery, OT said gentiles would be saved, God’s eternal purpose, the Father’s OT & NT Name, God is able
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Ephesians 3, You too will be persecuted, the dispensation of the grace of God, definition of mystery, OT said gentiles would be saved, God’s eternal purpose, The Father’s OT & NT Name, God is able

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  • 1. Ephesus Ephesians 3, You too will be persecuted, the dispensation of the grace of God, definition of mystery, OT said gentiles would be saved, God’s eternal purpose, The Father’s OT & NT Name, God is able
  • 2. Ephesians 3 Pastor Dave Kooyers Valley Bible Fellowship Box 433 Boonville CA 95415 www.ValleyBibleFellowship.org (707) 895-2325 God bless you as you examine His Word, Your servant in Christ, 2Cor. 4:5, Dave
  • 3. The historic port city of Ephesus is now ten miles inland.
  • 4. Jupiter over Ephesus
  • 5. Ephesus Columned Entry Road
  • 6. Colonnade In Ephesus; The Commercial Agora
  • 7. Ephesians 3
  • 8. Ephesians: The Origin, Nature, and Purpose of the Church One Body! Christ’s One Head Of The Church
  • 9. Dividing The Book Of Ephesians • Our Position • Chapters 1-3 tell us about our position and identity in the church, the body of Christ. Who we are, where we’re seated, and who we’re in? • Our Practice • Chapters 4-6 tell us how our position in the body of Christ should direct our walk
  • 10. Eph 3:1, For What Reason? • Eph 3:1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— • For what reason? • Paul is a prisoner (for the sake of you Gentiles) • But why is he a prisoner? • What has Paul been saying in the last 2 chs.?
  • 11. Eph 3:1, For What Reason? • • • • • • • Eph 1:4…he chose us in him before the creation Eph 1:5…predestined us to be adopted as his sons Eph 1:11…we were also chosen… Eph 1:19…his incomparably great power for us who believe Eph 2:1…you were dead in your transgressions Eph 2:4-5…God…made us alive with Christ Eph 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— • Eph 2:10…we are God's workmanship • Eph 2:11-12…formerly you who are Gentiles…were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.
  • 12. Eph 3:1, For What Reason? • Eph 2:13…in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near • Eph 2:14…he…has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier • Eph 2:15…abolishing…the law with its commandments and regulations • Eph 2:15…to create in himself one new man out of the two • Eph 2:18…For through him we both have access to the Father • Eph 2:19… you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household • Eph 2:20…with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone • Eph 2:21…a holy temple in the Lord • Eph 2:22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
  • 13. Eph 3:1, You Will Be Persecuted • Paul is in prison, if you go out and preach Paul’s message, you too will be persecuted • Mt 5:10…blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. • Mt 5:12…Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. • Mt 10:23…When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another.
  • 14. Eph 3:1, You Will Be Persecuted • Mt 24:9…"Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. • Jn 15:20…If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. • 1 Co 4:12…When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it • 2 Co 4:8-9…We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. • 2 Ti 3:12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
  • 15. Eph 3:2, The Dispensation Of Grace • Here’s that controversial word again; • Eph 3:2 if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, NKJV • Col 1:25…a minister, according to the dispensation of God…KJV
  • 16. Eph 3:3, By Revelation? • Eph 3:3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. • Which revelation? • Ac 9:5-6 "Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked. "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied. 6 "Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do." • Ac 9:15-16 But the Lord said to Ananias, "Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.“ • Here we get the Readers Digest summary of it;
  • 17. Eph 3:3, By Revelation? • Eph 3:3…made known to me by revelation, • Ac 26:15-18 "Then I asked, 'Who are you, Lord?' • "'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,' the Lord replied. 16 'Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you. 17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them 18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'
  • 18. From 3:3-13 Is A Parenthesis • From 3:3-13 is a parenthesis, the “For this reason” in 3:14 gets back to what he started in 3:1. The parenthesis explains Paul’s authority, and message.
  • 19. Eph 3:4, Definition Of Mystery • Eph 3:4-5 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God's holy apostles and prophets.
  • 20. Eph 3:6, What Is “This mystery”? • Eph 3:6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. • 4 of the 19 NT uses of it in the NIV are in Eph 3
  • 21. Eph 3:6, What Is “This mystery”? • Eph 3:6 This mystery… • Is that “the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.” • This mystery is not that the gentiles would be saved. • Gen 12:3… “all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
  • 22. OT Said Gentiles Would Be Saved • Isa 11:10… In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious. • Isa 42:6…I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles • Isa 49:6.I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth. • Isa 49:22…See, I will beckon to the Gentiles • Zec 2:11…Many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day and will become my people • Mal 1:11…My name will be great among the nations
  • 23. Eph 3:6, Gentiles Are Replacing Israel? • Absolutely not! • Eph 3:6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. • Ro 11:17…you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others…
  • 24. Eph 3:6, What Is “This mystery”? • This mystery is that Jew and gentile would be equals, one body, grafted together in the church, the body of Christ
  • 25. Eph 3:6 • Eph 3:6…the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel…
  • 26. Eph 3:7, To Preach To The Gentiles • Eph 3:7-8 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God's grace given me through the working of his power. 8 Although I am less than the least of all God's people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,
  • 27. Eph 3:9, This Mystery • Eph 3:9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. • 3466 μυστήριον musterion {moos-tay'-ree-on} • Meaning: 1) hidden thing, secret, mystery 1a) generally mysteries, religious secrets
  • 28. Eph 3:9, This Mystery • Eph 3:9…this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God… • Not that the gentiles would be saved; • Ro 9:24-33, ….As he says in Hosea:…."I will call them 'my people' who are not my people…. • Ro 10:19-21 ….Moses says, "I will make you envious by those who are not a nation; I will make you angry by a nation that has no understanding." 20 And Isaiah boldly says, "I was found by those who did not seek me; I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me.“…
  • 29. Eph 3:9, This Mystery • Eph 3:9…this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God… • Is that Jew and gentile would be saved into one new thing, the church, in Christ, the Body of Christ, the bride of Christ, co-heirs • Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
  • 30. Eph 3:9, The Dispensation • Eph 3:9…the administration of this mystery… • <3622> οἰκονομία oikonomia • ESV Eph….the plan of the mystery hidden for ages… • NAS Eph….the administration of the mystery which for ages…. • NET Eph…God's secret plan– a secret that has been hidden…
  • 31. Jesus Taught Dispensations • Lk 16:16-17 "The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. (Mat 11:11 also) • Mt 10:5-6 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: "Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. • Mt 15:24 He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel."
  • 32. Jesus Taught Dispensations • John 14:16-17 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. • Mt 15:24-26 He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel." 25 The woman came and knelt before him. "Lord, help me!" she said. 26 He replied, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs."
  • 33. God Loves Israel • They are God’s chosen people • Even if they don’t like it!
  • 34. Eph 3:10, God’s Intent • Eph 3:10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, • <4182> πολυποίκιλος polupoikilos • Meaning: of differing colors… • Usage: manifold(1). • [GING] …many-sided Eph 3:10.* [pg 164]
  • 35. Eph 3:11, God’s Eternal Purpose • Eph 3:11 according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • 36. Eph 3:12, • Eph 3:12-13 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory
  • 37. Eph 3:14, The Father’s OT & NT Name? • Eph 3:14-15 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. • Elohim, YHWH, Adonai • Theos, Kurios • Mt 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
  • 38. Eph 3:16-21 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
  • 39. Eph 3:19-21 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
  • 40. Amen?
  • 41. Eph 3:16-21, Paul Bursts Forth! • Eph 3:16-21 I pray that out of his glorious riches • NIV alone gets this wrong, all the other translation I check say; • <2596> κατά kata • Meaning: down, against, according to • DLK…according to
  • 42. Eph 3:16-21, Paul Bursts Forth! • Eph 3:16-21 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power [dunamis ] through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ [trinity] may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
  • 43. Eph 3:16-21, Paul Bursts Forth! • Eph 3:16-21 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power,…, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
  • 44. Eph 3:16-21,Paul Bursts Forth! • Eph 3:16-21 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
  • 45. Eph 3:16-21,Paul Bursts Forth! • Eph 3:16-21 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
  • 46. He Is Able Amen?
  • 47. Eph 3:20, Do You Really Believe This? • He “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” • “his power that is at work within us” • #1411, dunamis [we get; dynamic, dynamo, dynamite] • Phil 4:13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength. • <1743> ἐνδυναμόω (endunamoo) • Meaning: to empower…
  • 48. God Is Able To…. • • • • Ro 11:23…God is able to graft them in again Ro 14:4…the Lord is able to make him [us] stand. Ro 16:25…is able to establish you by my gospel 2 Co 9:8…God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work • 2 Ti 1:12…he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.
  • 49. God Is Able To…. • Heb 2:18…he is able to help those who are being tempted. • Heb 7:25…he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. • Jas 4:12.one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy • Jude 24…him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you • Rv 5:5…He is able to open the ..scroll and its seven seals.
  • 50. We’re Leaving The Theological Half • Our Position • Chapters 1-3 tell us about our position and identity in the church, the body of Christ. Who we are, where we’re seated, and who we’re in? • Our Practice • Chapters 4-6 tell us how our position in the body of Christ should direct our walk
  • 51. THE END
  • 52. Can you imagine what air would cost, if someone else provided it? God
  • 53. • Rom 16:25-27 25 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, • 26 but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith; • 27 to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen.
  • 54. • Col 1:25-27 25 Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, • 26 that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, • 27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
  • 55. Minister • Romans 15:16 to be a minister [15:27] of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God • <3011> λειτουργός leitourgos • Meaning: a public servant, a minister, a servant… • <2418> ἱερουργέω hierourgeo • Meaning: to perform sacred rites…. • Galatians 2:17…is Christ then a minister of sin? May it never be! • <1249> διάκονος diakonos • Meaning: a servant, minister • Ephesians 6:21, 3:7 of which I was made a minister…
  • 56. Minister, Helper • Acts 13:5…and they also had John as their helper. • Acts 26:16 …to appoint you a minister and a witness…. • <5257> ὑπηρέτης huperetes • Meaning: an underling, servant • Origin: from 5259 and ἐρέτης eretes (a rower) • Usage: attendant(1), helper(1), minister(1), officer(1), of ficers(13), servants(3).
  • 57. Deacon, diakonos • 1249 διάκονος diakonos {dee-ak'-on-os} • Meaning: 1) one who executes the commands of another, esp. of a master, a servant, attendant, minister 1a) the servant of a king 1b) a deacon, one who, by virtue of the office assigned to him by the church, cares for the poor and has charge of and distributes the money collected for their use 1c) a waiter, one who serves food and drink • Origin: probably from an obsolete diako (to run on errands, cf 1377); TDNT - 2:88,152; n m/f • Usage: AV - minister 20, servant 8, deacon 3; 31 • Misc: For Synonyms see entry 5834… • Matt. 20:26, Matt. 23:11, Mk. 9:35, Mk. 10:43, Jn. 12:26, Rom. 13:4, Gal. 2:17, Eph. 3:7, Eph. 6:21, Col. 1:7, 23, 25, Col. 4:7, 1 Tim. 4:6