For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Ephesians 3:1-3
Charles Spurgeon has a quote “While others are congratulating themselves, I have to sit humbly at the foot of the cross and marvel that I’m saved at all.”
Notice how the Apostle Paul addresses himself here, “I , Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ” Alot of people today in ministry love to puff themselves up and brag about all the things they accomplished, and I’m sure the Apostle Paul could overshadow their accomplishments, but Paul kept a humble mindset. He calls himself a Prisoner of Christ! How many people would gladly take this title?
The original Greek word is “desmios” meaning captive or bound. Does this describe you and your ministry? Are you a prisoner of Christ? Are you bound to The Lord? I can predict many people would be offended by this, however as Jesus said “Anyone who wants to be my disciple, must deny themselves, carry their cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24)
Paul, a prisoner of Christ, to share the gospel to the Gentiles, about the dispensation of Gods grace. Through Christ we can now be reconciled back to God and become his children. We become “Spiritual Jews” through Christ, this is the mystery Paul revealed, that we are saved because of Jesus Christ and not our nationality, race or creed
Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Ephesians 3:4-6
People often ask “How can I trust the Bible”? Or “How do I know the Bible is the Word of God”? Paul reveals here “as it is now revealed unto his Holy Apostles and prophets by the Spirit” The Word of God was revealed to men by the Holy Spirit. You can trust the Bible because its source is God Almighty!
The Gentiles should be fellow heirs and of the same body and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel. This is a summary of the New Covenant, Jew and Gentile are all one in Christ our Lord Amen!