I. IT WAS IMPORTANT TO PAUL
For this reason - refers back to chapter 2.
The Gentiles were dead in their trespasses and sins.
They formerly where in the world.
They formerly walked according to Satan.
Paul’s ministry began as the one to take the Gospel to the Gentiles (Acts 9:15)
Paul was at times considered an outsider.
He was not in the click.
Some felt he was prejudices towards the believing Jews in Jerusalem and Judea.
Paul was a prisoner for the Gentiles because he preached the Word to them and he preached that the Word was for them.
Paul was a steward (manger, so one responsible) for of God’s grace.
Paul was responsible with the mystery of the Gospel
The death, burial and Resurrection of Christ.
That Jews and Gentiles were to be united together as ONE in Church as the CHURCH.
Quote from Warren Werisbe - In the New Testament, a mystery is not something eerie or inscrutable, but rather “a truth that was hidden by God in times past and is now revealed to those who are in His family.”
A mystery is a “sacred secret” that is unknown to unbelievers, but understood and treasured by the people of God.
IT WAS IMPORTANT TO THE GENTILES
They were heirs with the Jews.
They were heirs with the Body of Church (the CHURCH).
Fellow partakes of the promise in Christ Jesus
The Power - Working - we get our English word energy (Paul was given the power, energy to do want He was called to do.)
2. The Riches of Christ
IT IS IMPORTANT TO THE ANGELS.
Administration - the Responsibility of management.
Mystery - God’s plan has been hidden until now.
Through the Church
It is the through of the CHURCH that the angels both good and evil learn of God’s full plan or redemption.
Angels are created beings
Angels are not omniscient.
IMPORTANT TO US THE CHURCH
Entrusted to Paul - 1 Timothy 1:11
Passed down to faithful men - 2 Timothy 2:1-2
Old Testament fortold
New Testament revivled
Acts the beginning