Reading the Letter to the Ephesians | 05
AUTHOR: Holy Scripture
Read the letter to the Ephesians from the beginning to the current week’s Scripture passage. Feel free to read this larger portion of Scripture however you feel comfortable; silently, out loud, or listening to it being read.
“3:1 For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— 2 assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. 4 When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. 6 This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
3:7 Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. 8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. 13 So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.”
What words, images, verses, or themes came to mind as you read or heard this letter? Record this somewhere for future reference (if you have the Companion Journal, that would be a great place to keep a record of these as the weeks go on).
As you read the larger portion of Scripture, take the word, image, verse, or theme that stood out and offer it back up to God in prayer.