Ephesians Chapter 3
We started our study by discussing how Paul wrote this letter from prison and Paul starts this chapter by describing himself as a 'prisoner of Christ Jesus' rather than a prisoner of Rome. This is surprising and shows his acceptance of his circumstances as being in God's plan for him.
Paul further identifies himself as a minister of Christ and confirms he had received grace to minister. We discussed that God's grace enables us to carry out the work given to us by God to do. Grace comes to us from God not only as a gift but as a responsibility. That as we receive grace we should show grace to others.
In chapter 3, Paul again reiterates that God is working out His purposes throughout all of history. In particular that through the church God is displaying His wisdom and power to the world. and before all of creation. His ways are perfect, and that we are all part of a larger plan.
We were encouraged by the latter part of the chapter where Paul prays that the Ephesians should know the vast dimensions of God's love. We discussed how God's love is so vast that we cannot fully comprehend it and His power is such that He is able to do 'immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine'.