In my further study of the Ephesians I see that Paul is getting deeper into the character God: His love. Throughout Old and New Testament we see that God is a steadfast loving God and that He is slow to Wrath.
Besides the story of Christ and so many others that I don’t have the time to aim at tonight, we see it in the story of God bringing Abraham out of the land of the Chaldean’s, a seemingly barbaric nation of idol worshipers with no knowledge of the true God and His love. Abram, one of these people and His wife Sarai are chosen shortly after God wipes the entire earth because of the their endless line of bearing sin in their hearts, to become the father and mother a the nation that would bring about the Second Adam and undo what the first Adam did through man’s separation from God. But what Paul is getting at in Ephesians 3 is that the mystery of the gospel is God’s love for the gentiles. The gentiles were those who had no knowledge of God outside of Israel, God’s chosen nation before Abraham. After Christ dies, resurrects, and ascends into heaven, we learn through His disciples and through Paul who are filled with the Holy Spirit and all of the signs and wonders that Christ Himself performed while on earth, that God is offering salvation, redemption, and all of the riches that Israel had been first given and used to poor out to other nations from.
This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. (v3)
The reason that this has been such a great mystery until now is that at until this point we fully realize that God is portraying the same mercy for the gentiles that He portrayed to Abraham! That God uses sinful men, even idol worshipers to do the greatest things to spread His Glory throughout the earth! That it is not special men, even great Bible characters who have the glory, but Gd Himself! Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, David, Solomon, Elijah, Isaiah, and Jeremiah are not great men, but are victims of an amazingly great God who is unmatched in His love, mercy, and POWER!
The mystery of the gospel is that God loves, adopts, and creates through those who do not deserve His love! This is a love that I and no man fully understand on the face of the earth. It is certainly a love unmatched by anyone. It is a love that is so powerful that I want to get to know it more everyday and to become more and more captivated by it daily! And that is the meaning of sharing a deep relationship with the Sovereign God of the universe!
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (v14-19)
And Paul is saying here, that because of this mystery of love that He is bowing before the Father is over you and all of His church and asking Him to make you (in Christ) able to grow in such a deep, high, breadth, and length and knowledge of the love of Christ through the Father that surpasses even Paul himself.
This is the love that I want to know more! This is the love that I want all who know me to see more of! I pray that all who read Ephesians 3 understand what is being said.
Christ’s life, death, and resurrection were all out of God’s love for sinful men. Love is God’s character! 1 John chapter four says that God is love. God loves you! He loved sinful Abraham enough to make a nation out of Him to bring about the Savior. He loved sinful David enough to make him the king of that nation. He loved Moses enough to make him a deliverer of that nation. He loved Noah enough to make him the preserver of that nation. He loved Solomon enough to make him the builder of that nation. He loved you and me enough to make us the predecessors of that nation as well.
God is now preparing a bride for Christ in you and me (His church) for the purpose of living for eternity in complete perfection and bliss.
For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (Colossians 1:19-20)
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)