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9362880 Shepherds Bible Ephesians Chapter 3

9362880 Shepherds Bible Ephesians Chapter 3

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SHEPHERDS BIBLEARNOLD MURRAYEPHESIANSCHAPTER 3For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,#This book was written by Paul in prison, so he's saying because I amteaching that you Gentiles have a part in God's plan is why I'm sitting herein prison. It is probably because this book is written to two people - theGentiles and the Israelites - that these first three chapters are difficultfor those who do not understand the plan of God.#2. If ye have heard of the dispensation of grace of God which is given meto you-ward:#God has told Paul what to tell the Gentiles, you see.#3. How that by revelation He made known unto me the mystery, (as I wroteafore in few words,4. Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mysteryof Christ.)#You will remember how God struck him blind and said, Paul, you're to go andteach My people (Acts 9:15). In other words, it wasn't by his choice.. Itwas God's directive. You'll remember Paul had been quite a scoundrel, eventaking part in the stoning of Stephen, but you see it was God who gave himHis truth and told him to go and teach. You can rest assured that Paul washumbled by the fact that he was chosen.#5. Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it isnow revealed unto His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;#This knowledge was not made known to Adamic man because it was not timebefore the crucifixion when Christ brought salvation to all who accept Himthrough the Holy Spirit, #6. That the Gentiles should he fellow-heirs, and of the same body, andpartakers of His promise in Christ by the gospel:#/Or, fellow heirs, in Christianity, through salvation.#7. Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of Godgiven unto me by the effectual working of His power.#Again, God made me His minister, told me how and where and what to say. Hequalified me.#8. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given,
 
that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;#Most all of the elect think they are the least, and you con understandPaul's feeling, as he had previously been involved in many foul things.#9. And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, whichfrom the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, which created allthings by Jesus Christ:#Note "men" is italicized indicating that it was added here. Paul says hismission is to make all see the great overlaying power of Jesus Christ andplan of God, which God and Christ knew even before the foundation of thisworld. It is the same plan we've been discussing, to give everyone anopportunity to love or not love Jesus and God, to love or not love Lucifer.YHVH will not force your love. It must come from within your being on avoluntary basis and herein lies the mystery of bringing the souls or peopleinto this world., to let them make this decision.#10. To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenlyplaces might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,#Or, for the purpose that you might know the saving power of God and theseparating power or Satan.#11. According to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus ourLord:#This plan was in the beginning. It was to happen thot wny; and beloved, itis happening that way and it shall continue. It was eternally proposed.Jesus Christ was the fullfiller of this plan. Through Him and in Him issalvation.#12. In whom we have boldness and access with confidence hy the faith of Him.#Through Christ only may you approach the Father. Jesus is the way and theonly way. He is the Son of God and the leaders and king at this time for theelect. He is the Saviour for the Gentiles. He has the power to forgive andsave and give Iife eternal.#13. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, whichis your glory.#Don't feel bad about this, but rather be encouraged by the good news Ibring you and glory in it. #14. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,# In other words, God's plan has been made known to Paul, and he thanks theFather for you and for the truth and knowledge of His plan.#15. Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,#In other words, some elect have already gone on and are there with Him, but

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