Apostle Paul’s Privilege

Sunday May 31 message by Wong


For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power.

Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭1-13‬ NIV)

When man sinned, God was not taken by surprise
Christianity is not merely about the salvation of sinners & forgiveness of sins

Review Ephesians Ch 1-2
God’s people, he church has a heavenly calling

1. Our salvation is founded upon God himself

  • Predestination- by the Father
  • Redemption – by the Son
  • Sealing – by the Spirit

2. God’s power – Manifested in Chris, all believers

3 Paul’s Privilege (v1-8)
Mystery revealed, Ministry entrusted

The ministry entrusted to Paul (v7-13)

  • a) Make known Christ’s riches to the Gentiles (v8)
  • b) Making known he mystery to all men (v9)
  • c) Making known God’s wisdom to the cosmic powers

Major Lesson: The Church has a central place in His plan

Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Ephesians 5:25

The Church is central to history
His everlasting promise: ‘I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
In today’s world, boundaries are constantly redrawn as wars rage & powers wane. But God’s people are the church around the world

The Church is central to Christian living
Serve & strengthen one another; Live lives pleasing to God; Privileges comes with responsibilities


I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭16-19‬ NIV)