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The Fellowship of the Mystery

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“And to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 3:9). 

paul-the-apostleHe was a man on a mission. More than that, He was a man sent by God; a man chosen and anointed with the Spirit of God to reach beyond his limits and speak beyond his time. His name was Saul of Tarsus. We know and love him as Paul the Apostle.

He was a man with dual citizenship. Saul was his Hebrews name; Paul, his Greek name. God chose him to become the messenger of the Gospel for Gentiles the world over.

Awake or asleep, in health or fatigue, with plenty or in dire straits – he never veered off course in his passionate pursuit for our hearts. He wrote so as to inspire, educate, and equip us to discover who we are, find out what we have been given, and access the power to be and do it.

He wanted us to experience along with him “the fellowship of the mystery.” And he constantly labored and prayed to this end.

“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named (i.e., Jew and Gentile believers) — that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Eph 3:14-21)

Reviewing Paul’s comprehensive prayer we discover that there are four great blessings we experience in our lives when we share in the fellowship of the mystery.

  • GRACE – that you may strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man
  • FAITH — that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith
  • LOVE — that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge
  • FULLNESS — that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

And lest we suppose we must achieve these things on our own, Paul concludes by saying – “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

Grace; Faith, Love; Fullness.

Is there really anything else you need?

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