(1-13) The Mystery of the Gospel Revealed
Paul reveals to the Ephesian Christians that the mystery of the Gospel is that Gentiles who believe in Jesus the Christ are members of the same body and partakers of the same promise as Jews who believe in Jesus the Christ. Paul was made a minister of the Gospel through the gift of God’s grace, and it is now his job to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ and to help all see the manifold wisdom of God, who created all things. Paul realizes that being a minister of the Gospel will result in him having to suffer, but he is not worried about that and doesn’t want the Ephesian Christians to worry about his suffering either. He knows his suffering will bring about their glory.
(14-21) Prayer for Spiritual Strength
Paul offers a prayer for his fellow Christians to be strengthened spiritually in their inner being. He desires for them and for all of us to experience Christ living in our hearts through faith. When we are grounded in love, we are better able to comprehend the love of Christ which surpasses all knowledge. Paul is able to pray his prayer with confidence because he knows that God is able to do far more than we could ever ask or think. This is why we should not be afraid to ask big, impossible things of God.
Favorite verse: (20) Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.