Summary: The 1) Prisoner (Eph. 3:1–4), 2) Plan (Eph. 3:5–6), 3) Preaching (Eph. 3:7–9), 4) Purpose (Eph. 3:10–11), and 5) Privileges (Eph. 3:12) of divine mystery
A fighter I know made a comment this week. He said:" This is just a matter of personal opinion but I don't think almighty God meant his blessings to be paid for. However you chose to worship is your business, I suppose. I like working towards my goal of being able to give back to my community and loved ones. In that regard maybe im paying for my blessings with time which can be argued as the most valuable currency. That's where my faith lies. My faith lies within". The "payment" statement that He made seemed to be one of redemption so I quoted:
1 TIM. 2:5-6 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.
He responded with the question: "How would you interpret that? Because I see a few different meanings." So I began to explain how Christ was God, what a mediator was, how he functioned, how he gave Himself, how it was a rasonsom and why it was at the proper time. But, after I did this, I realized that he was just looking for a basic description. I broke my own rule: "When someone asks you the time, don't tell them how to build a bavarian cooko clock". There are times we need to explain what we have before a full explaination of how we got it is necessary.
In Ephesians 3, Paul begins a prayer for believers to understand their resources as one in Christ and then decides to reemphasize and expand some of the truths he has already mentioned. He does not actually get into the prayer until verse 14, where he repeats the phrase “For this reason” in order to pick up the thought originally introduced in verse 1. He seems to have felt that the Ephesians were not ready to hear his prayer in their behalf until they better understood—and were therefore better able to apply—the truths he wanted to pray about. And it seemed essential for Paul to affirm his authority for teaching such a new and far–reaching truth as the oneness of Jew and Gentile in Christ, which he does by saying that God Himself gave him the truth and the commission to proclaim it (vv. 2–7).
There are times when we need to be specific but simple. Although drinking from a fire hose can be initially refreshing, the power and force of the water exerted by the hose can knock one off their feet. For us to come to grasps of a great divine mystery we need to go back, step by step and examine the elements outlined in the mystery and their progressive outworking. Just jumping into the present or future fullness does not help us or those who we may desire to explain the truth to.
In Ephesians 3:1–13 the apostle Paul leads us to focus on five aspects of this divine mystery. Its: 1) Prisoner (Ephesians 3:1–4), 2) Plan (Ephesians 3:5–6), 3) Preaching (Ephesians 3:7–9), 4) Purpose (Ephesians 3:10–11), and its 5) Privileges (Ephesians 3:12–13).