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God’s Power Comes By Grace     Eph. 3:1-13     Oct. 03-10


Introduction

Did you ever see a Christian with a severe handicap who maintained an advanced degree of God’s grace?

God used them in a powerful manner. The world might say God could not use this person but they paid attention to God and not the world. The very weakness according to the world may become a strength for God as His grace causes spiritual power to radiate through that person. Yes, God’s Power Comes By Grace.


 

1.   God’s Power . . Recognizing Grace. 3:1-2

       A.   Recognizing God’s Grace In A . . Prison Stay. 3:1

              1 For this reason, I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles—

 

       B.   Recognizing God’s Grace As A . . Plan For Others. 3:2

2 you have heard, haven't you, about the administration of God's grace that He gave to me for you?


       Can you be in prison and it be an act of grace? It happened that way for Paul. Chuck Colson one of the workers in President Nixon’s administration would also say God’s grace became even more real through his stay in prison. Paul’s stay in jail did not happen because of any crime on his part but because of the animosity of anti-Christian Jews. Couldn’t that add to a person’s questioning the watch care of God? Paul saw it as the plan of God. God’s grace allowed Paul to spend time in jail, but through it we have several epistles in our Bible.



 

2.   God’s Power . . Revealing Grace. 3:3-6

       A.   Revealing Through A . . Timed Revelation. 3:3-5

3 The mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have briefly written above.

              4 By reading this you are able to understand my insight about the mystery of the Messiah.

              5 This was not made known to people in other generations as it is now revealed to His holy apostles

              and prophets by the Spirit:

 

       B.   Revealing Through A . . Total Revelation. 3:6

6 the Gentiles are co-heirs, members of the same body, and partners of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

 

One commentator shares, The mystery spoken of here is that Jews and Gentiles would be equal heirs in

the one body of Christ. That truth was not know in the Old Testament. It became a timed revelation in the plan of God. This plan also brought a total revelation as the gentiles became co-heirs and part of the same body as the early Jewish believers. It is sad that so few Jewish people accept the gospel today and become part of the gospel plan the Lord designed for them.


 

3.   God’s Power . . Responding To Grace. 3:7-10

       A.   Responding As A . . Servant Of The Gospel. 3:7-8

7 I was made a servant of this gospel by the gift of God's grace that was given to me by the working of His power. 8 This grace was given to me—the least of all the saints!—to proclaim to the Gentiles the incalculable riches of the Messiah,

 

 

       B.   Responding In Order To . . Share The Gospel.. 3:9-10

9 and to shed light for all about the administration of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things. 10 This is so that God's multi-faceted wisdom may now be made known through the church to the rulers and authorities in the heavens.


       What has been your response to God’s grace? The power of God becomes more personally evident when one responds to the personal appeal of God’s grace. Like Paul every Christian can respond as a servant of the gospel. We may all have different places of service but all servants are useful in the kingdoms work. We all will receive opportunities to share concerning the work of the gospel in our lives. As we share the multifaceted

wisdom of God will become more evident.


 

4.   God’s Power . . Rejoicing In Grace. 3:11-13

       A.   Rejoicing To Be A Part Of God’s . . Purpose Of The Ages. 3:11-12

11 This is according to the purpose of the ages, which He made in the Messiah, Jesus our Lord,

              12 in whom we have boldness, access, and confidence through faith in Him.

 

       B.   Rejoicing To Be A Part Of The Glory Through . . Prison Confinement. 3:13

13 So then I ask you not to be discouraged over my afflictions on your behalf, for they are your glory.

              (Holman Christian Standard Bible.)


       When any believer realizes they have received grace they rejoice. The receipt of grace has been the plan and purpose of God from the beginning. God through grace planned to give us boldness, access with confidence and faith in Him for all the work He desires us to do. Well what if your in prison. God will have work for you to do just like He used Paul while in prison. In fact if it were not for Paul the people in Ephesus may not have heard the gospel message. So they could rejoice in the grace give to Paul and the grace given to them. In addition God’s grace would cause them to share with other so they might rejoice in the grace of God.