Ephesians 3

Show verse 1 ToDo itemsHide verse 1 ToDo items1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
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F Know that Paul’s ministry for God was to the Gentiles. [See 2 Timothy 1:11-12]
T Take note that Paul’s imprisonment because of preaching Jesus did not prevent his ministry to the Gentiles.
T Know that trust in God’s sovereignty allows us to accept any situation that comes our way.
T Do not look at your circumstances but rather look at what the Lord is doing with your life.
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Show verse 2 ToDo itemsHide verse 2 ToDo items2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
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F Know that Paul was given the stewardship of God’s grace for the benefit of the Gentiles. [See 1 Corinthians 4:1, 9:16-17]
F Know that a steward administers and cares for the property of someone else.
I Know that every Christian is a steward of God’s grace representing God on earth. [See 1 Peter 4:10]
I Know that God puts us in ministry for the sake of others, not for our own sake. [See 2 Corinthians 4:8-15]
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Show verse 3 ToDo itemsHide verse 3 ToDo items3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
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C Know that God shares knowledge of His master plan by revelation.
F Know that God made His master plan known to the apostle Paul by the revelation of Jesus Christ. [See Galatians 1:12]
F Know that the concept of the Church is a New Testament idea.
F Know that God revealed the doctrine of the Church to Paul.
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Show verse 4 ToDo itemsHide verse 4 ToDo items4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
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F Know that Paul revealed his knowledge of God’s master plan for Jesus and the Church in his written letter to the saints at Ephesus so that they (and we) could read and understand it. [v3-4]
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Show verse 5 ToDo itemsHide verse 5 ToDo items5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
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C Know that God decides at what moment in history and to whom revelation of His master plan is given. [v4-5]
C Know that God sees His apostles and prophets as holy.
C Know that God gives revelation to men by the Holy Spirit. [v3-5]
F Know that the idea of the Church was unknown in the Old Testament. [v3-5]
F Know that in Old Testament times God dealt with the people of Israel as a national entity with national laws. [v3-5]
F Know that the mystery of the doctrine of the Church was unknown until God revealed it in the dispensation of grace. [v3-5]
F Know that God first revealed the mystery of the Church to His holy apostles and prophets (of the New Testament) who then revealed it to the Church. [v3-5] [See 2 Peter 1:20-21]
F Know that the Church and the dispensation of grace started at Pentecost with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. [v3-5] [See Acts 2; 1 Corinthians 12:13]
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Show verse 6 ToDo itemsHide verse 6 ToDo items6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
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F Know that Gentiles are "fellow heirs" because they share the same inheritance as joint-heirs with Christ and the Jews in the Church.
F Know that the gospel makes it possible that believing Jews and Gentiles can be placed into "the same body" the Church.
F Know that Gentile believers are no longer strangers and aliens but hold the same standing and benefits as Jewish believers in the new dispensation of grace. [See Ephesians 2:12-13; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13]
F Know that both Jews and Gentiles participate in the promise of the indwelling Holy Spirit given to each believer and to the Church.
F Know that the hidden secret of God’s master plan has been revealed: both Jews and Gentiles are joint heirs and fellow members of the body of Christ and partakers of God’s promise in Christ by the gospel. [v3-6] [See Galatians 3:14, 3:29]
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Show verse 7 ToDo itemsHide verse 7 ToDo items7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.
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F Know that Paul was made a minister of the gospel by God and did not choose this honour for himself. [v6-7] [See Acts 26:16]
F Know that it was God’s continual gift of grace and His miraculous power that Paul said enabled him to minister the gospel to the Gentiles. [See Acts 19:11-12; 1 Corinthians 15:10; 2 Corinthians 4:7]
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Show verse 8 ToDo itemsHide verse 8 ToDo items8 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;
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F Know that, even though Paul considered himself less than the least of all saints, God still chose to equip and use Paul mightily. [See 1 Corinthians 15:9; 1 Timothy 1:12-13, 1:15]
I Know, that like Paul, each and every saint has an equally important and unique part to play in God’s plan and purpose.
F Know that it is the grace of God that Paul said gave him his ability to preach the immense riches of Christ to the Gentiles. [See 1 Corinthians 15:10]
I Know that any ministry that we might have is a gift of God’s grace.
C Know that there are incomprehensible and abundant riches to be found in Christ. [See Romans 11:33]
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Show verse 9 ToDo itemsHide verse 9 ToDo items9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
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F Know that it is God’s wish for all men to be enlightened of His intention to unite Jews and Gentiles in fellowship within the Church.
F Know that it was God’s hidden plan from the very beginning of the world to unite Jews and Gentiles in fellowship in the Church. [v5-9]
C Know that God is the creator of all things.
F Know that God created all things by Jesus Christ. [See John 1:3]
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Show verse 10 ToDo itemsHide verse 10 ToDo items10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
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F Know that it was always God’s intention to make His manifold wisdom known to those in heavenly places (good and bad angels) through the revelation given to His church. [See 1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 4:9]
F Know that the Church does not exist for itself but for God’s greater purpose.
C Know that God’s wisdom is ultra-diverse and manifested in many varied ways.
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Show verse 11 ToDo itemsHide verse 11 ToDo items11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
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F Know that God’s master plan is eternal and involved Christ Jesus from the very beginning. [v9-11]
F Know that God has an eternal purpose which He is progressively fulfilling through His designs for the universe. [v9-11]
C Know that God has positioned His Son Jesus Christ at the centre of His plan for all eternity.
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Show verse 12 ToDo itemsHide verse 12 ToDo items12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
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I Know that our faith in Christ gives us boldness and direct access to the Father who we may approach at any time with confidence. [See Hebrews 4:16]
F Know that believers have free, full and unrestricted access to God.
F Know that Christians have confidence that God will accept them and never reject them.
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Show verse 13 ToDo itemsHide verse 13 ToDo items13 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
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F Know that Paul endured tribulations and persecution for his ministry to the Gentiles.
F Remember that Jesus predicted that Paul would suffer tribulations and persecution. [See Acts 9:16]
T Don’t give up because of the tribulations encountered by others for your benefit but rather glory in it. [See 2 Timothy 2:10]
T Do not lose heart and become discouraged when tribulations arise as if God is not in control. [See 2 Corinthians 4:1, 4:16; Luke 18:1]
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Show verse 14 ToDo itemsHide verse 14 ToDo items14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
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T Humble yourself and follow the example of Paul (and Jesus) who honours and reverences God the Father by kneeling to pray. [See Acts 20:36; Luke 22:41]
T Bend your knees and address your prayers to the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Show verse 15 ToDo itemsHide verse 15 ToDo items15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
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F Know that the whole family in heaven and Earth is named after God the Father.
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Show verse 16 ToDo itemsHide verse 16 ToDo items16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
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T Pray that God would strengthen you with miraculous power by His Spirit according to the abundant riches of His glory.
T Seek to strengthen your innermost being with miraculous power by the Holy Spirit.
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Show verse 17 ToDo itemsHide verse 17 ToDo items17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
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T Pray that Christ may dwell at the centre of your life by faith.
T Pray that you may be firmly rooted and grounded in God’s unconditional love.
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Show verse 18 ToDo itemsHide verse 18 ToDo items18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
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T Pray that you and the Church may be able to understand God’s plan.
T Pray that the Church might comprehend the great extent of God’s far-reaching and profound master plan which is inclusive of unsearchable riches to both Jew and Gentile (breadth), which began before the creation and extends into eternity (length) and concerns both the earthly (depth) and heavenly (height) realms.
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Show verse 19 ToDo itemsHide verse 19 ToDo items19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
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F Know that knowing the unconditional love of Christ surpasses all other knowledge.
T Pray to know the love of Christ and be filled with all the abundance of God.
F Know that God wants us to be fully like Him.
F Know that we can only find the fullness of God in Christ. [See Colossians 2:9-10]
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Show verse 20 ToDo itemsHide verse 20 ToDo items20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
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C Know that God can do what we cannot.
C Know that God is able to do abundantly more than we ask or think through His miraculous power that works in us.
C Know that the Holy Spirit is miraculously powerful.
F Know that carnal and indifferent Christians have no idea what God can do in them.
I Know that God’s Holy Spirit is at work within us.
I Know that we have power available for us to live beyond our perceived limitations.
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Show verse 21 ToDo itemsHide verse 21 ToDo items21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
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T Let every generation give glory to God in the church by Christ Jesus forever. [See Romans 11:36]
T Take note that Paul prays for those to whom he is ministering. [v14-21]
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