Ephesians (W5D1) Revealing God's Grace

April 9, 2018

Week 5. Monday:  Revealing God’s Grace

 

PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.

 

READ:  Ephesians 3:1-3

1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles 2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.

 

UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words

  • Administration (Greek: oikonomia): management, stewardship

    • In Greek, this word refers to the management of household affairs.

    • God gave Paul a mission to preach the gospel of grace (Colossians 1:25).

    • In the same way we should be good stewards of God’s grace.

  • God’s Grace (Greek: theos charis): God’s unearned favor and mercy

    • Paul’s life purpose was to present God’s grace to the world.

    • Paul is a great example that we should follow (1 Corinthians 11:1).

  • Mystery (Greek: mystērion): hidden, secret, not obvious

    • Paul often spoke of the gospel as a mystery or as something hidden.

    • It is a mystery to those who do not believe or have not heard of it.

    • When we believe it is because God has revealed the mystery to us.

    • Also see 1 Corinthians 4:1 and Colossians 1:26-27; 2:2

  • Revelation (Greek: apokalypsis): the disclosure of truth, seeing truth clearly

    • God has to reveal His grace to us for us to understand and believe.

    • Paul states that God’s grace had to be revealed to him (Galatians 1:12).

 

APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?

Paul was perhaps the greatest missionary for the gospel in all of history. God revealed the mystery of His grace to Paul and he went everywhere he could to reveal it to the world. In the same way, we are called to this mission of spreading the gospel. There are people all around us every day that need God’s grace. Since most people view Christianity as a religion, we have a responsibility to reveal to them that grace is the solution to religion.

 

Make a list of the people around you that don’t have God’s grace.

 

How often do you talk to them about the gospel?

 

What keeps you from talking to them about the gospel?

 

PRAY:  Ask God to help you reveal His grace to the world around you.

 

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