Bible: Ephesians 2:11-3:13
New Life Corporately
2:11 Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh – who are called “uncircumcision” by the so-called “circumcision” that is performed on the body 1 by human hands – 2:12 that you were at that time without the Messiah, 2 alienated from the citizenship of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, 3 having no hope and without God in the world. 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who used to be far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 4 2:14 For he is our peace, the one who made both groups into one 5 and who destroyed the middle wall of partition, the hostility, 2:15 when he nullified 6 in his flesh the law of commandments in decrees. He did this to create in himself one new man 7 out of two, 8 thus making peace, 2:16 and to reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by which the hostility has been killed. 9 2:17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, 2:18 so that 10 through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 2:19 So then you are no longer foreigners and noncitizens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of God’s household, 2:20 because you have been built 11 on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, 12 with Christ Jesus himself as 13 the cornerstone. 14 2:21 In him 15 the whole building, 16 being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 2:22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Paul's Relationship to the Divine Mystery
3:1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus 17 for the sake of you Gentiles – 3:2 if indeed 18 you have heard of the stewardship 19 of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3:3 that 20 by revelation the divine secret 21 was made known to me, as I wrote before briefly. 22 3:4 When reading this, 23 you will be able to 24 understand my insight into this secret 25 of Christ. 3:5 Now this secret 26 was not disclosed to people 27 in former 28 generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by 29 the Spirit, 3:6 namely, that through the gospel 30 the Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members 31 of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus. 3:7 I became a servant of this gospel 32 according to the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by 33 the exercise of his power. 34 3:8 To me – less than the least of all the saints 35 – this grace was given, 36 to proclaim to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ 3:9 and to enlighten 37 everyone about God’s secret plan 38 – a secret that has been hidden for ages 39 in God 40 who has created all things. 3:10 The purpose of this enlightenment is that 41 through the church the multifaceted wisdom 42 of God should now be disclosed to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly realms. 3:11 This was according to 43 the eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 3:12 in whom we have boldness and confident access 44 to God 45 because of 46 Christ’s 47 faithfulness. 48 3:13 For this reason I ask you 49 not to lose heart because of what I am suffering for you, 50 which 51 is your glory. 52