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Series EPHESIANS with Pastor Mark Finley  |
Lesson 6: The Mystery of the Gospel  |
Memory Text: Ephesians 3:20.21 – Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.  |
6.1 Paul: Imprisoned Apostle to the Gentiles

Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, emphasizes in Ephesians 3 his life in captivity as part of his ministry, pointing out that his suffering serves a higher purpose for believers. Despite the extreme circumstances of imprisonment, Paul anchors his situation in the divine plan, illustrating how challenging circumstances can ultimately be seen as part of God’s intentions, teaching trust and faith amid difficulties.
6.2 The Long-Hidden Mystery of the Gospel
Paul proclaims the secret of the gospel, that both Gentiles and Jews have an equal share in the promised inheritance of God through Christ (Ephesians 3:6). It’s important to rid oneself of prejudices or attitudes that could hinder an inclusive community. Openness, tolerance, and the recognition of the equality of all in the gospel are key elements to break down such barriers.
6.3 The Church: Revealer of God’s Wisdom
In Ephesians 3:7-13, Paul emphasizes the humility and grace of God, who has entrusted him with the task of revealing the multifaceted wisdom of God through the church to the heavenly powers. This passage reminds us that how we interact within our communities is a testimony to God’s wisdom, extending beyond earthly relationships and touching spiritual dimensions.
6.4 Christ, Dwelling in Your Heart
Paul entreats in Ephesians 3:14-19 for believers to be strengthened by the Spirit of God and to develop a deeply rooted relationship with Christ, filled with the love of God. This prayer highlights the meaningful connection of believers with God and Christ, encouraging them to comprehend the love of Christ in all its dimensions.
6.5 Glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus
Paul’s doxology in Ephesians 3:20-21 praises God for His immeasurable power and His ability to do more than we can imagine. This praise reminds us that God is above all and that His power is effective within us, even amidst our challenges.
Paul’s words serve as a reminder to recall God’s boundless power, the partnership with Christ, and the immeasurable love of God working within us. This reminder encourages us to trust in God’s greatness and grace during times of distress and doubt.
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