The Mystery Revealed (Eph 3:1-6)
The word “mystery” occurs 27 times in the Bible, and it refers to a
secret kept by God, to be revealed in His time. In Ephesians 3:1-6, the
Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesian Christians about a certain “mystery” (Eph 3:3).
The focus of the “mystery” is on the Gentiles. In the
bible, Gentiles refer to any nation that is not Israel. Israel was
founded by God and everything in Israel was ordained by God. On the
other hand, Gentiles are the enemies of God, they are rooted in
idolatry. The Apostle Paul brought the Gospel to the Gentiles, and he
was imprisoned because of this ministry.
The revealer of the “mystery” was God. The Apostle Paul did
not hold the key to the secret, and did not understand the truth till
Christ saved him on the road to Damascus. The church in Ephesus
consisted of Gentiles and Jews and he had to teach them God's plan for
the Gentiles. The dispensation of the grace of God refers to the
salvation of Gentiles by God's grace. Gentiles can be saved by Christ,
although the Jews were God’s chosen ones. In the land of promise,
Gentiles had to keep the Jewish customs if they wanted to be Jewish
proselytes. But in the Church witness, Paul taught that Gentile
Christians need not keep the Jewish customs. He taught what Christ had
revealed to him. Today, we still teach what God has revealed to us in
- Gentiles are fellow heirs of salvation with the Jews.
All the promises of God are now applicable to Gentile believers too. The “par” in “partakers” (Eph 3:6) means equal. Gentile believers are now “equal-takers” of God’s promises in Christ.