Two Mysteries - Jew; Gentile
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)
True unity can exist within the church! Since we are fellow heirs, members of the same body, partakers of the promise, harmony can be found between Jew and Gentile alike. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones discusses from Ephesians 3:2-7 the general mystery, that is the mystery of Christ which is the glorious story of the Gospel and the particular mystery of the Gentiles now being fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise just as the Jews. Dr. Lloyd-Jones stresses here the importance of there now being no difference as to membership in the family of God between Jews and Gentiles. There is no longer a need for a Gentile to seek to become a Jewish proselyte, they are now members of the same body. This is important because this mystery had not always been known to the people of God. Paul, here in this text, is pointing out that this mystery has now been revealed, Jew and Gentile are members of the same body. Amidst this glorious message of salvation Dr. Lloyd-Jones also takes time to address a particular fallacy that is believed by some regarding this text and the biblical evidence against it.