7”Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. 8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things.” (Ephesians 3:7–9 (ESV)
We continue our examination of the Apostle Paul’s extended parenthesis prior to his prayer on behalf of the Ephesian believers. Paul has already indicated that he is a minister solely by a gift of God’s grace (vs.7), along with being the least of all the saints. Yet, God has given him the responsibility of preaching the gospel of Christ to the Gentiles (vs.8).
With that in mind, Paul also shares that God has also given him the privilege of making plain, for both Jews and Gentiles, what is the plan of the mystery. This refers us back to Ephesians 3:3 and the truth that both Jews and Gentiles are one in Christ.
This unity through the gospel was hidden for ages in God. In other words, God kept this good news hidden for some time. Now, due to the finished work of Jesus Christ, He has chosen to reveal it.
Dr. John MacArthur writes, “There were many truths hidden and later revealed in the NT that are called mysteries. Here is one: Jew and Gentile brought together in one body in the Messiah. Paul not only wrote of the mystery that, in Christ, Jew and Gentile become one in God’s sight and in his kingdom and family, but also explained and clarified that truth. He realized that spiritual knowledge must precede practical application. What is not properly understood cannot be properly applied.”
May each of us properly apply and we biblically learn and understand. Have a blessed day.
Soli deo Gloria!