Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:7-9

There are three things said of the revelation given to Paul  in our passage that point to the distinctiveness of his  commission from the Lord. (His commission was distinctive  because his message was distinctive.) The three things are ...  (1) It was a mystery. (2) It contained the unsearchable riches  of Christ. (3) It was hid in God. They all really say about the  same thing in three different ways for emphasis.

The revelation given to Paul was a "mystery" (verse 9).  The word here for "mystery" is musterion in the Greek and  means "not the mysterious (as with the' English word), but  that which, being outside the range of unassisted natural  apprehension, can be made known only by Divine revelation,  and is made known in a manner and at a time appointed by  God, and to those only who are illuminated by His Spirit. In  the ordinary sense a mystery implies knowledge withheld; its  Scriptural significance is truth revealed" (Vine).

What Paul received from the Lord, he describes as "the  unsearchable riches of Christ" (verse 8). The word  "unsearchable" in the Greek is anexichniaston and has the  literal meaning of "not to be tracked out" (Gingrich). In  Romans 11:33, the only other place in the New Testament the  word is found, it is translated "past finding out." The "riches  of Christ" that Paul proclaimed cannot be "tracked out" in the  Old Testament.

Finally, Paul says that this "mystery" was "from the  beginning of the world hid in God" (verse 9). If it was «hid in  God," was "unsearchable" but revealed to Paul, and was a  "mystery," then Paul's commission was indeed distinctive.

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