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Common heirs
Bible Passage Ephesians 3: 1-6
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & books Acts, Ephesians.

Common heirs

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached December 9, 2023

1 For this reason I, Paul, am the prisoner of the Messiah Jesus for the sake of you gentiles.

2 Surely you have heard about the responsibility of administering God’s grace that was given to me on your behalf,

3 and how this secret was made known to me through a revelation, just as I wrote about briefly in the past.

4 By reading this, you will be able to grasp my understanding of the secret about the Messiah,

5 which in previous generations was not made known to human beings as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. This is that secret:

6 The gentiles are heirs-in-common, members-in-common of the body, and common participants in what was promised by the Messiah Jesus through the gospel.

It was because Paul had taken the gospel to the Gentiles that he was imprisoned in the first place (Acts 21:27-36).

The Roman ruler, Nero, had put Paul in prison. So Paul wrote this letter to the Ephesians from prison. But now he has a new understanding, knowing King Jesus as his Lord. Now he thinks about himself as a prisoner of Jesus Christ but not a prisoner of Nero, the Roman ruler. He thinks about his whole life differently. Both good and bad events happen in his life. But Jesus controls his life. He is sure about that

Paul feels humbled to think that God should graciously choose him for such a noble work and ministry to the Gentiles (verses 1-2).

As a Jew Paul was once proud of his belief that only Jews were God’s people. Even if some of the ‘far off’ Gentiles believed in God, they were still not God’s covenant people in the sense that Jews were. Now God’s special revelation shows Paul clearly that no longer is this so. Jewish and Gentile believers are united in one body, the church, and as God’s people they share equally in all God’s blessings (verses 3-6).

In Ephesians 3, Paul uses the word ‘secret’ 4 times (verses 3, 4, 5, and 9). In many religions, only those who belong can understand the essence and practices of the religion So the people have secrets that they hide from other people. For the Christian, these ‘secrets’ are truths. They are truths that God makes known to us. However, these truths are not just for a few chosen people. They are for everybody. A ‘secret’ or mystery is something that God once hid. Now He wants us to know about it.

The ‘secret’ is the good news that Christ has joined Jews and Gentiles together. He wants them to become one people. Jesus offers them life and salvation. Both groups share that promise.

In the life of the believer, arms must be opened so people who have been far off can join to enjoy the grace of Christ.

🔷 Church leaders must never take for granted their opportunity to lead the Church.

🔷 Even if people persecute us for our faith and ministry, we should understand that our suffering is for Christ and not because of those who persecute us

🔷 God’s gift and grace is not really about long service in Christ but the steadfastness of one’s faith in Him

🔷 God shows no differentiation or discrimination but accepts all who come to Him

💥 Ask for grace from God to understand the mystery of suffering for Him
💥 Pray for a steadfast relationship with Christ

We are all potential citizens and heirs to that same kingdom of God. Our work is to cling to Christ and be glued to our job and special calling and ministry. There is enough place for all who come to be received.

In series Bright Morning Reflections