The more we examine Paul’s heart for the gospel, the more we are amazed at his understanding of God’s plan and purpose. Let’s look at the next verse in Ephesians 3:
“To bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things” (3:9). Then you combine these thoughts with Paul’s words to Timothy, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions…This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1–3).
Paul knew that “the gift of God’s grace” in him was going to go out to everyone! This put in motion in his life a drive of proclaiming the gospel of God’s grace “to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). In this gift was the light of “the mystery hidden for ages in God” and with deep passion for the wisdom of God in Christ, Paul wanted to proclaim it to “everyone”! Jew and Gentile would be delivered from the darkness of sin and made in Christ a unified witness to the wisdom of God. The two people groups would become in Christ “one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility” (2:14-16).
As this sinks deep in our souls, we find the Holy Spirit building the same kind of passion for missions that Paul had. Through us who are being transformed by this truth, the gospel will reach every nation, and the Lord will return (Matthew 24:14).
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