Recap of Wednesday Night Class:
This past Wednesday night, the youth and I studied some verses in
Ephesians 3. In this chapter, Paul repeats the phrase “The grace God has given me.”; the first occurrence is in vs. 2. The question is, what does Paul mean by the word “grace”? Go to verse seven. The grace that was given to Paul was making him a minister. To whom is he ministering?
Go to verse eight and nine. Paul is ministering to the Gentiles by preaching the mystery of Christ. Paul
has mentioned the “mystery of Christ” previously in Ephesians 3 (v. 2-3). So what does this mean and why call it “mystery of Christ”? The mystery of Christ is found in Ephesians 2:13-16—Gentiles can be Christians; they can be added to the church; and they can go to heaven (Ephesians 2:19; 3:6).
This plan had yet to be revealed to the world—hence why it is called “mystery” of Christ; angels did not even know about this plan (Ephesians 3:10). God was waiting for the perfect time to let it be known (Ephesians 1:9-10; Galatians 4:4). When the perfect time came, the apostles and prophets were the only groups of people who shared this redemptive plan (Ephesians 3:5), which is why they were the authority of the day since Jesus was not walking on the earth anymore and they were inspired (2:20).
Likewise, God has given us the grace of being a minister (servant). His Son, Jesus, has called all of us to preach the gospel to the whole world (Mark 16:15). What we need to preach is the impact of the blood of Jesus (Ephesians 2:13); we are no longer under the Law (Ephesians 2:15); and there is one church which Jesus built and bought with His blood (Ephesians 2:16).
There is no time like the present (2 Corinthians 6:1-2).
We cannot claim divine authority since we are not inspired but we can represent His authority. We can make sure every word and deed is done in the name of the Lord(Colossians 3:17).
While respecting the opinions of others (Romans 14), we can implement what
has already been bound and loose in heaven upon the earth (Matthew 16:19). This is the grace whichhas been given to us. What are you going to do with it? -Remy Afre