Anglican Daily Fountain 26 April 2023 (Wednesday Devotional)
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TODAY’S TOPIC: REVEALED MYSTERY
TEXT: Ephesians 3: 1-21(NKJV)
3:1. For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles —
3:2. if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you,
3:3. how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already,
3:4. by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ),
3:5. which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets:
3:6. that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel,
3:7. of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.
3:8. To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,
3:9. and to make all see what [is] the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ;
3:10. to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly [places,]
3:11. according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,
3:12. in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.
3:13. Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
3:14. For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
3:15. from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
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3:16. that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,
3:17. that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
3:18. may be able to comprehend with all the saints what [is] the width and length and depth and height —
3:19. to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
3:20. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
3:21. to Him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Anglican Daily Fountain 26th April 2023 STUDY:
The mystery which was hidden in previous ages was revealed by the Spirit to Paul, Apostles and Prophets. The mystery is that Gentiles should become fellow heirs of God and partakers of God’s promise in Christ through the gospel.
Paul’s mandate was to preach to Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. He is to expound this mystery such that the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the Church to principalities and powers in heavenly places. God accomplished this eternal purpose in Christ. Paul’s prayers for the Ephesian church were that; (1) God grant them to be strengthened with might in their inner man, (3) They know the love of Christ and be filled with God’s fullness.
Having understood the mystery that Gentiles should become members of God’s family, what should you do? Simple – you should preach and support the spreading of the gospel, So that more gentiles will be saved As a member of the Church, you should manifest God’s wisdom and power to the kingdom of darkness. You should also pray that the Church be strengthened and grounded in love. It is also important to pray that Christians will know God deeply, understand His love and experience His fullness. Will you obey?
PRAYER: Cause me O Lord to do your will concerning this revealed mystery. Amen.