Ephesians 3:1-13 – July 5
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
Ephesians 3:1-13 – God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles
For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—
2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. 8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
A Great Dependence | Dyea Rowland
As just having celebrated our Independence freely, in this verse, we can rest assure that our rights given to us by God will never be taken away from us. Every day we can have that freedom of speech to be bold and go before Him; we are granted the access and right to be in His presence, and through the faith and trust in Jesus, we can be truly dependent on Him.
Let me not take for granted the freedoms that we still have in this nation, because they’ll be gone before long. Jesus, the freedoms and rights in You, because of You, will stay with me for eternity.
Father, I say with sadness that all of the hard work that it took to make this a great and free nation will soon be gone. Leaving it a lost, destroyed and dependent nation, if people don’t change their wayward ways. I can rest in Your assurance that the only dependence I will be needing is in You. Let me be bold to hold on to what we have while we still have it, never forgetting nor letting go of the true freedom that You sacrificed all, for Jesus, in Your great name…Amen.
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