- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Ephesian 3
Apostle Paul’s Ministry to the Gentiles.
Apostle Paul was imprisoned in Rome because of the changes by Jewish leaders that he had aroused the hostility of the Jews by advocating the e quality of the Gentiles in the church (Acts 21:15-28:31). While he was in prison in Rome he wrote letter to encourage believers, both Jewish and Gentile, in Ephesus so that they could stand firm in the faith of Jesus Christ. “You,” in chapter 3 indicated Gentiles.
Apostle Paul called himself a prisoner of Christ for the sake of Gentiles, affirmed sense of call to ministry for Gentiles. He called “mystery,” on the way how God administered God’s grace to him and to Gentiles, the mystery of the gospel that how Gentiles became heirs of God, together with Israelites, and became one body.
This mystery was hidden in God from the beginning, and through prophets for a long ago. And it was revealed in Jesus Christ plainly and clearly that it was God’s purpose that Jews and Gentiles became one body in Christ. In Christ and through faith in him Jews and Gentiles could approach God with freedom and confidence.
Some Ephesian believers were discouraged that Apostle Paul was imprisoned. But he assured them that his imprisonment was glory to them because the gospel of Jesus was preached to them through him. It was his source of joy in his imprisonment (Philippians 4:4-7).
Apostle Paul prayed for Ephesian believers that God strengthen in faith, growing in love, growing into the knowledge of God.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.