The Mystery of Christ
A Sermon on Ephesians 3:2-7
assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you, how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, 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. 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.
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. (ESV)
What is the mystery of Christ? Why did God wait so long for Him to be revealed? Dr. Lloyd-Jones addresses here in Ephesians 3:2-7 explores the importance and uniqueness of the apostles and the glorious message not revealed until the New Testament. The mystery of the gospel has been revealed and can now be understood. It is not the vague feelings found in mysticism, the one true gospel. Through the recounting of Paul’s imprisonment to the Ephesians he encourages them to stay strong in the faith. That the mystery that has been revealed is true and marvelous and worth believing above all else. It is worth imprisonment as Paul is joyfully enduring. They needn’t worry about present circumstances and his imprisonment but should rather glory in their salvation, in the Gospel. God’s plan of salvation is a wondrous thing and worth contemplating. In all our intelligence, however, we could never unravel this wondrous mystery on our own. Dr. Lloyd-Jones soberly reminds us that we must be enlightened by the Holy Spirit in order to understand.