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The Mystery Revealed, Purpose of the Mystery, Appreciation of the Mystery
Our Weekly Bible Study begins with us reading the assigned scripture ahead of time and preparing our hearts for study and discussion. When we meet (virtually or in person) we first read the scripture as a group, and then take turns sharing and discussing what impacted us the most, and our general interpretation of what we read.
Making Notes as we go through Bible Study is always encouraged, as it helps to increase our understanding of what we have read, and also allows us to become more comfortable and familiar with the Bible.
To make participation easier and more memorable for our younger children, we will include a link to Storybook Bible images of the readings whenever these are available.
This week’s virtual Bible Study focused on Ephesians 3, the third chapter in our new study on the Book of Ephesians. After praying and reading through the chapters, we discussed the verses at length, and shared our personal views on what we had read.
Verse 1: Paul makes it clear that he has chosen to be a prisoner of Christ Jesus.
Verse 2: Dispensation- A particular time in the history of the church, or a divinely appointed order or age.
Verse 3: When Isaiah and the prophets wrote prophecy they probably did not quite understand what would happen in the future, but the Holy Spirit inspired them, just as Paul had a specific revelation given to him by God. God chooses who to reveal certain things to.
Verse 4-5: Paul was trying to explain himself hoping that he would be understood. (Ref. also 1 Timothy 3:16 “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness…”) What was revealed to Paul was a deep mystery to be understood only by those to whom God’s grace had been imparted.
Verse 6: They could not understand, and will not, until Christ’s return.
Verse 7: Paul was appointed by God to preach.
Verse 8: The grace of God always makes a difference in our lives, one of the changes it makes is that it humbles us, it removes pride.
Verse 12: We can come boldly because we know that we are citizens of the kingdom. There is no reason to be shy or timid once we know our place in the Lord’s Kingdom.
Verse 13: Paul explains that God has ordained his tribulation and has given him grace to endure, so he tells the people not to lose heart over his situation, as it is the will of God.
Verse 16: The most important part of the man is the “inner man”- the Spirit being, because we are Spirit beings who are having worldly experiences on this earth. The outer man will be strengthened once the inner man is strengthened.
Verse 17: Dwell- To abide, to live. This implies a permanent status- Christ must be dwelling in us, he must be at home, not merely visiting. We must look at our own lives and ask ourselves: Is Christ at home there? Can He go into all our sections and rooms without restriction? Can He go in these areas without us having to “fix things up” first?
Verse 18: That you may be able to understand with all the church what is “the width and length and depth and height”. We must understand what is happening in the Spirit man in order to understand these things.
Verses 19-20: If we can get to a place where we have Christ dwelling in our hearts, we too will have the understanding of these things, as we will be in the love of God, which surpasses all knowledge. Finally, God can do anything, things far beyond our own comprehension and imagination are possible for God. It is important that we remember not to put limitations on Him. Do not put God in a box, he can do anything!
As you read through this week’s Bible passage, ask yourself:
What are MY thoughts on what I am reading?
How can I apply this to MY life?
Because of Christ We Can Come Boldy
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