Text: Ephesians 3:1-7
Paul would be the vessel through which the grace of God would be dispensed to the Gentiles.
Cost of grace (vs 1)
- So you know this letter is written from prison.
- Cost of grace sounds like a contradiction, but grace to the soul is not grace to the flesh.
- New birth left some marks
- Paul himself had beaten, tortured, and killed Christians. And those Christians paid a price on their flesh.
- Physical affliction in other countries. Boy disowned by his family. Starving and cold leaving notes under the front door for his mom and dad to get saved.
- Crucified life leaves some marks
- Glory in the cross, world is crucified to me
- Show me the value of your belief by what it cost you in this world.
- Where has the old man taken the hit? Maybe not physically, maybe financially.
- But someone who is sacrificial doesn’t really believe they took a hit. They would only show you the marks to show you the cheapness of your own belief.
Chosen vessel of grace (vs 2)
- Paul the apostle and teacher of the Gentiles (Romans 11:13, 1 Timothy 2:7, 2 Timothy 1:11)
- The calling of God had a price in the flesh and Paul was warned about the price he would pay for serving God in Acts 9:15-16, 19-22
- Galatians 1 Paul abandons everything that held value to him.
- 1 Timothy 1:15 Paul chiefest of sinners
Communication of grace (vss 3-4)
- Part of this is Paul seeing Jesus Christ in the scriptures from everything he’d learned as a Pharisee of Pharisees. The book of Hebrews is written by Paul shortly after this time I think.
- Written revelation
- If you mean it, put it in writing.
- Stewards of the mysteries of God is not about being able to explain the mysteries, but since you’re privy to God’s revelation, how have you invested in that information? How did that revelation bear fruit in your life?
Certification of grace (vs 5)
- Made certain by the Spirit of God through apostles and prophets (preachers)
- Signs like healing, tongues, were used to confirm the work of God before the New Testament was complete.
Content of grace (vs 6)
- Inheritance for Gentiles
- Redemption for Gentiles
- Partakers of the promise
Capability of grace (vs 7)
- Grace is the gift; and this will interpret Ephesians 2:8-9 for you.
- God’s power is the opposite of man’s power.
- Churches that have abandoned God’s power which is his word, prayer, sanctified life, resort to other things like social gatherings or anything to that gives the impression