1. The first was that God’s grace enabled him “to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” (verse 8). That word “unsearchable” literally means “impossible to understand”. Yet, Paul gave his life to proclaiming these riches because they transform people still dead in sin (see 2:1). This view of the plan of God gives Spirit filled energy to our preaching and a limitless vision to what God wants to do.
2. The second was that through his preaching Paul wanted “to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God” (verse 9). Those without this glorious gospel are still in darkness. But the pure gospel enlightens the eyes of the heart by the Holy Spirit (1:17-18) so God’s plan, unknown before Pentecost, is now revealed.
Why were these two goals in Paul’s preaching so critical to his ministry? They form the foundation for planting and establishing churches wherever he went. But they also led into a vital function of the church. Note carefully what Paul says; “So that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,” (Ephesians 3:10–11). Now that should really expand your view of God’s Plan! It’s not just so the world may see His wisdom through the church, but “rulers and authorities in the heavenly places”. This should take our interest in God’s Purpose and Plan through the church to a whole new level. We want to make sure God’s wisdom is clearly seen in every function of the church.
We will look tomorrow at more Scriptures that outline what God’s plan is for His church.