PM: “What is Necessary to Know the Love of Christ”

Text:  Ephesians 3:1-13

  • Introduction:
    • “For this cause…”                       Eph. 3:14
    • “I, Paul …”                                     II Corinthians 5:14
    • “For you Gentiles …”                   Acts 9:15;  Acts 13:47;  Romans 11:13
  1. The grace of God                            Eph. 3:2-3, 5
    1. It is about a period of time                  Eph. 3:2a, 5a     “dispensation”     I Corinthians 9:17;  Ephesians 1:10;  Colossians 1:25
    2. It is about God’s administration
    3. It is about His children being good stewards of His Word
  2. The mystery of Christ                    Eph. 3:3-9
    1. It must be made known to us by the Lord    Eph. 3:3-5
      1. It must be made known to us by the revelation of His Word
      2. It must be made known to us by the reading of His Word
      3. It is made known to us by the record of His Word
    2. It is about the family of God expanding          Eph. 3:6-9
    3. It is about the servant of God being obedient    Eph. 3:7-9
  3. The purpose of God accomplished                            Eph. 3:10-13
    1. Knowing the wisdom of God
      1. Heavenly things (places) known by us on earth
      2. God wants His children to know His Will     Proverbs 22:17-21
      3. God makes His Wisdom available to His children     Proverbs 2:6  Proverbs 1:1-5:23
    2. Benefitting from faith of the Lord                     Ephesians 6:10; II Timothy 2:1; Hebrews 4:16; 13:6
    3. Glorying in faithfulness to the Lord
      1. God being glorified by us
      2. Us receiving the glory of His blessings
      3. Satan not being glorified by God’s children by the distractions of life
  • Conclusion:
    • When we’re called home, will we have finished our course?
    • When we’re called home, wil we hear “well done, thou good and faithful servant”
    • May the Lord help us to be faithful and faint not.