In Lesson 8 of God’s Plan for His Church, we examine Paul’s missionary strategy that made his work so successful. I will give you the first three principles here:
Ephesians 3:8 – He preached the “unsearchable riches of Christ”.
Ephesians 3:9 – His second point in preaching was “to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery (secret) hidden for ages in God.”
Ephesians 3:10 – Through the preaching of these two massive revelations, the church would make known the “manifold (many-sided) wisdom of God…to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.”
“This was according to the eternal purpose (of God) that He realized in Christ Jesus our Lord” (3:11). Let this sink into our hearts. Before time and creation began, God was planning to unveil His greatest purpose – that through Christ persons would be saved and form the church to display the wisdom of God for His eternal glory. The expansive vision Paul had motivated and energized him to make Christ known to those who had not heard. What about you and me?