Ephesians I (Part 4)

Dr. Roberto Miranda
(Audio: English)

SUMMARY: The speaker continues their expository journey through the Book of Ephesians, focusing on key concepts and themes. They recap the previous week's discussion on wisdom and understanding, and how God has given believers both. The speaker then delves into verses 9 and 10, where Paul reveals that God's ultimate purpose is to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, Jesus Christ. The speaker draws parallels to the Greek philosophy of the logos and John's gospel. They highlight how this insight is only accessible to believers in Jesus Christ.

The "mystery" that Paul refers to in his teachings is the revelation that gentiles have as much right to be called children of God as Jews. This was a secret knowledge that was only given to members of certain religions in the Greco-Roman world. God has now revealed this mystery to believers in Jesus Christ, and it is our job to administer and manage this knowledge. The ultimate goal is to unify the human race and the cosmos, with Jesus as the unifying element. The church has the responsibility to make known God's purposes and the manifold wisdom of God.

The concept of "mystery" in the Bible refers to the hidden wisdom and knowledge of God that has been revealed to believers through Jesus Christ. This knowledge is not accessible to non-believers and is a privilege for those who have accepted Jesus as their savior. The church has a double-pronged mission to proclaim this mystery to both human beings and demonic powers. The ultimate goal of the universe is to converge towards Jesus Christ, who is the unifying element of everything. Believers should live their lives at the level of this knowledge and not be debased by earthly passions.

Well, my intention tonight is to continue with this expository journey through the Book of Ephesians, the epistle, the letter to the Ephesians. You might remember that Ephesians is in the New Testament and you might remember that we are talking about some of these key elements, these key words, these key terms.

I know last week I was unable to be here, so you may be a little bit disconnected in some way with some of the things that we’ve been talking about. But that’s ok because what I’m going to aim to do is to concentrate on specific concepts and ideas and units of teaching as we go through this book and so one thing is not necessarily depending on the other, but I will try to also keep a running connection to different themes that we have been talking about.

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