Repost from Pr. Ross:
(21 verses, 2:24 to read)
What I am about to READ
Paul speaks of the “mystery of Christ” and what that mystery means for Jews, the Gentiles and the Church of God. This chapter ends with a prayer and doxology to Jesus.
MARK and LEARN
Paul begins this section by recalling once again his apostleship. He reminds the Ephesian church of his calling and the revelation that came to him from Jesus as the source of his authority. The purpose of this revelation is the revelation that the gentiles are co-heir of the promises of God, and not the Jews only. This promise is the possession of the gentiles also by faith (vs. 12).
Paul utters an interesting phrase in vs. 10 “so that through the Church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known…” God does not necessarily reveal his “wisdom” to all individuals personally, as he did with the apostles and prophets, but makes his wisdom known through the ministrations and preaching of the apostolic office, i.e. the Church. This wisdom is also recorded in the Church’s book, the Holy Scriptures.
Vss. 14-21 is a prayer for spiritual strength addressed to the Father, His Son Jesus and to the Spirit (the whole Trinity!). The source of our strength comes “through his Spirit in [o]ur inner being, so that Christ may dwell in [o]ur hearts through faith.” Faith and trust in Jesus is the manifestation of the Spirit in our hearts. We are consoled and comforted in the knowledge that Jesus has forgiven us and that we are true children of the Father by faith alone.
How wonderful is your Church dear Father! She is from of old, with all the patriarchs and prophets and also from what is now, even as your saints gather around your precious word and sacraments. In your son Jesus we share the same blessings of your ancient people and have received the fullness of the mystery of the ages, that in Jesus we might be forgiven all our sins and be strengthened continually by your Spirit. To you “be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
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