Ephesians X: The Gospel Ministry - Ephesians 3:7-13

The Church puts the wisdom of God on display. The mystery of the gospel in Ephesians 3:1-7 is that God was making one Church out of Jew and Gentile through the cross of Jesus, and in Ephesians 3:7-13, we see the ministry of the gospel carried out as God raises up the most Jewish of Jews to proclaim the good news to the Gentiles.It’s all so wonderful that Paul can barely believe it, especially his own role in God’s purposes. His ministry came to him by God’s grace, the “leastest” of all the saints being entrusted with the greatest of…

Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2019 by CJ Bowen

Ephesians IX: The Gospel Mystery - Ephesians 3:1-7

It’s easy to forget when we read his glorious language about the triumph of Jesus over all the powers, but as chapter 3 begins and Paul starts to introduce his prayer for the Ephesians, he mentions that he’s a prisoner. And it seems that he realizes how jarring it sounds that the one who is claiming to announce a new way to world peace as a personal representative of the world’s king is an inmate, so he takes the next twelve verses to explain himself before resuming his prayer. Eph. 3:2-7 tell us how God entrusted Paul with the mystery ofThose…

Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by CJ Bowen

Ephesians VIII: One New Man - Ephesians 2:11-22

In Herod’s temple in Jerusalem, there was a wall about nine feet high separating the inner courts of the temple from the outer court. An uncircumcised Gentile could come up to that wall and observe what was happening as the Jews gathered to worship God, but if he tried to cross the wall, he would be killed.About thirty years after Jesus died and rose again, an infamous Pharisee was accused of defiling the holy place, and very nearly beaten to death, for the crime of bringing a Gentile past this wall and into the temple. That Pharisee was the Apostle…

Posted on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 by CJ Bowen