QT – Ephesians 3

Vs. 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.”  Question: What is this mystery?  We have learned that the church is the body and temple…now we learn that the church is a mystery?  Now, understand that the mystery Paul was talking about was not the same as what we think a mystery is.  The mystery is this: that Christ is risen and is the Head of a new body made up of Jews and Gentiles and of all tribes and peoples of the earth.  That is big because some used to think it was an exclusive thing.  Remember that the audience of Ephesus was a mixed group of ethnic diversity.  Jesus would say he would build His church (Matt. 16:18)…and He uses us to help build that church!  Consider everytime we go to church that you are a construction worker building the spiritual church…so many times we go to church to receive, but the more we understand church, giving is even more important!

Regarding application…Immeasurably More.  Vs. 20, “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.”  When I think of this verse, I can’t help but think of the innocence and imagination of a child.  So many things can amaze & amuse a child beyond their imagination and to see that purity & excitement is a lesson in life.  I think it is safe to say we underestimate the power of God.  While many amazing miracles were done throughout the Bible, realize that none of those miracles ever saved a man from eternal death.  The most amazing miracle that is immeasurable for people is the love that Christ gave to us.  Even when we were sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).  And the spiritual blessings and joys He gives to us both in this life and one day in eternal life will continue to surprise us beyond belief.  May we open the eyes of our hearts to see that which is not tangible and have the faith to see His power at work within us.