EPHESIANS - Christ : God`s Eternal Purpose.
In this letter to the believers at Ephesus, we read of the greatest revelation of truth that God has given to man. It is the mystery that has been hidden before the foundation of the world.
`(God) having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both of which are in heaven and which are on earth - in Him.` (Eph. 1: 9 & 10)
The Apostle Paul then reveals the supreme position Christ has in God`s great kingdom.
`(God the Father) seated Him (Christ Jesus) at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet..` (Eph. 1: 20 -22)
Paul then goes on to write of another great mystery - the Body of Christ. The believers are members of this Body of which Christ is the Head. It is a spiritual organism and each member has a part.
`...and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church which is His Body, the fullness of Him who fill all in all.` (Eph. 1: 22 & 23)
All spiritual blessings are in Christ, our acceptance is in the Beloved, in whom we have redemption, forgiveness, and an inheritance.
The building and maturing of this Body of Christ is by the Spirit of the Lord. It is through Him that the believers are in unity and that finally as truth is clarified across the Body, then there will be -
`..the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect Man, to the measure of the fullness of Christ.` (Eph. 4: 13)
The Apostle Paul had laboured at Ephesus for three years and shared not only all his heart but the whole counsel of God. These believers were able to receive God`s greatest revelation - the eternal purposes in Christ.
`From Miletus, he (Paul) sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church.....I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.` (Acts 20: 17 & 27)