1. Seeing God’s Eternal Purpose concerning the Church and Enlightening All concerning the Economy of the Mystery Hidden in God
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Scripture Reading: Eph. 3:3-5, 8-11; Rom. 8:28; 16:25

Eph 3:3         That by revelation the mystery was made known to me, as I have written previously in brief,

Eph 3:4         By which, in reading it, you can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ,

Eph 3:5         Which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in spirit,

Eph 3:8         To me, less than the least of all saints, was this grace given to announce to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ as the gospel

Eph 3:9         And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things,

Eph 3:10       In order that now to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenlies the multifarious wisdom of God might be made known through the church,

Eph 3:11       According to the eternal purpose which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord,

Rom 8:28      And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Rom 16:25    Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel, that is, the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which has been kept in silence in the times of the ages

 

I.     In order to participate in the recovery of the church, we need to see God’s eternal purpose concerning the church—Eph. 1:9, 11; 3:9-11; Rom. 8:28:

Eph 1:9         Making known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Himself,

Eph 1:11       In whom also we were designated as an inheritance, having been predestinated according to the purpose of the One who works all things according to the counsel of His will,

Eph 3:9         And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things,

Eph 3:10       In order that now to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenlies the multifarious wisdom of God might be made known through the church,

Eph 3:11       According to the eternal purpose which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord,

Rom 8:28      And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

A.     A purpose is a determined intent to do something or to gain something:

1. The determined will of God became the purpose of God—Eph. 1:5.

Eph 1:5         Predestinating us unto sonship through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

2. God’s purpose is His determined intent to gain the church—vv. 9, 11.

Eph 1:9         Making known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Himself,

Eph 1:11       In whom also we were designated as an inheritance, having been predestinated according to the purpose of the One who works all things according to the counsel of His will,

B.     The eternal purpose (lit., “the purpose of the ages”) was made by God in eternity past for eternity future—3:11:

Eph 3:11       According to the eternal purpose which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord,

1. The purpose of the ages is the purpose of eternity, the eternal purpose.

2. In eternity past, before the foundation of the world, before the heavens, the earth, and all things were created, God made a purpose for something in the future, in eternity to come; therefore, it is called the purpose of eternity, the eternal purpose—1:4-5, 9, 11; 3:11.

Eph 1:4         Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blemish before Him in love,

Eph 1:5         Predestinating us unto sonship through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

Eph 1:9         Making known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Himself,

Eph 1:11       In whom also we were designated as an inheritance, having been predestinated according to the purpose of the One who works all things according to the counsel of His will,

Eph 3:11       According to the eternal purpose which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord,

C.     The word purpose in Ephesians 3:11 is equivalent to the word plan; we may speak of the eternal plan which God planned in Christ:

Eph 3:11       According to the eternal purpose which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord,

1. God has a plan, which He planned in eternity; God’s eternal purpose is God’s eternal plan.

2. His purpose in Romans 8:28 refers to the purposeful determination in God’s plan.

Rom 8:28      And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

3. God’s plan is to have a corporate expression of Himself in Christ the Son by the Spirit through the Body composed and built up with many regenerated and transformed people by the mingling of Himself with humanity—Eph. 1:22-23; 4:16.

Eph 1:22       And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church,

Eph 1:23       Which is His Body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.

Eph 4:16       Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.

D.     Ephesians 3:10-11 reveals that the existence of the church is according to the eternal purpose which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord:

Eph 3:10       In order that now to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenlies the multifarious wisdom of God might be made known through the church,

Eph 3:11       According to the eternal purpose which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord,

1. The church was planned by God in eternity; before time began, in eternity, God purposed to have the church—1:4-5, 9, 11, 22-23.

Eph 1:4         Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blemish before Him in love,

Eph 1:5         Predestinating us unto sonship through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

Eph 1:9         Making known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Himself,

Eph 1:11       In whom also we were designated as an inheritance, having been predestinated according to the purpose of the One who works all things according to the counsel of His will,

Eph 1:22       And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church,

Eph 1:23       Which is His Body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.

2. In eternity past and for eternity to come, God planned and purposed to have the church in Christ and for Christ—3:10-11:

Eph 3:10       In order that now to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenlies the multifarious wisdom of God might be made known through the church,

Eph 3:11       According to the eternal purpose which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord,

a. The church is not a temporary matter but an eternal matter in the eternal purpose of God; the church is the center and subject of God’s eternal plan.

b. God planned in eternity past to have the church, and He expects to have the church in eternity to come.

c. The church is in this age and throughout this age, yet it is from eternity past and for eternity future—Matt. 16:18; 18:17; Rev. 21:2, 9-11.

Matt 16:18    And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Matt 18:17    And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to hear the church also, let him be to you just like the Gentile and the tax collector.

Rev 21:2       And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Rev 21:9       And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, Come here; I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.

Rev 21:10     And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,

Rev 21:11     Having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, as clear as crystal.

E.      God planned to have the church composed of regenerated and transformed human beings who are coordinated and built together as a corporate Body—Eph. 1:22-23; 2:21-22; 3:14-21:

Eph 1:22       And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church,

Eph 1:23       Which is His Body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.

Eph 2:21       In whom all the building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord;

Eph 2:22       In whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in spirit.

Eph 3:14       For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father,

Eph 3:15       Of whom every family in the heavens and on earth is named,

Eph 3:16       That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man,

Eph 3:17       That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

Eph 3:18       May be full of strength to apprehend with all the saints what the breadth and length and height and depth are.

Eph 3:19       And to know the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ, that you may be filled unto all the fullness of God.

Eph 3:20       But to Him who is able to do superabundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power which operates in us,

Eph 3:21       To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all the generations forever and ever. Amen.

1. God planned that this corporate Body would be a corporate vessel into which He would work Himself—vv. 14-17.

Eph 3:14       For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father,

Eph 3:15       Of whom every family in the heavens and on earth is named,

Eph 3:16       That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man,

Eph 3:17       That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

2. God’s purpose, His determined intention, is to have a corporate Body, a corporate vessel, with which He could mingle Himself and all that He has; this vessel is the church—4:4-6, 16.

Eph 4:4         One Body and one Spirit, even as also you were called in one hope of your calling;

Eph 4:5         One Lord, one faith, one baptism;

Eph 4:6         One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Eph 4:16       Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.

3. The church is dear, lovable, and precious to God because the church is His good pleasure, the desire of His heart—1:5, 9, 22-23.

Eph 1:5         Predestinating us unto sonship through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

Eph 1:9         Making known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Himself,

Eph 1:22       And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church,

Eph 1:23       Which is His Body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.

F.      The existence of the universe is according to God’s eternal purpose to have the church—Rev. 4:11; Eph. 3:9-11:

Eph 4:11       And He Himself gave some as apostles and some as prophets and some as evangelists and some as shepherds and teachers,

Eph 3:9         And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things,

Eph 3:10       In order that now to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenlies the multifarious wisdom of God might be made known through the church,

Eph 3:11       According to the eternal purpose which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord,

1. The full revelation of the Scriptures unveils to us that all things in the universe are for the church—v. 9.

Eph 3:9         And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things,

2. Even the three persons of the Godhead are for the divine purpose of having the church to fulfill God’s eternal plan through the dispensing of God in His Divine Trinity into humanity so that the church may come into existence—1:3-23; Matt. 28:19; 16:18; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1:1.

Eph 1:3         Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ,

Eph 1:4         Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blemish before Him in love,

Eph 1:5         Predestinating us unto sonship through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

Eph 1:6         To the praise of the glory of His grace, with which He graced us in the Beloved;

Eph 1:7         In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of offenses, according to the riches of His grace,

Eph 1:8         Which He caused to abound to us in all wisdom and prudence,

Eph 1:9         Making known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Himself,

Eph 1:10       Unto the economy of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth, in Him;

Eph 1:11       In whom also we were designated as an inheritance, having been predestinated according to the purpose of the One who works all things according to the counsel of His will,

Eph 1:12       That we would be to the praise of His glory who have first hoped in Christ,

Eph 1:13       In whom you also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation, in Him also believing, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of the promise,

Eph 1:14       Who is the pledge of our inheritance unto the redemption of the acquired possession, to the praise of His glory.

Eph 1:15       Therefore I also, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which is among you and your love to all the saints,

Eph 1:16       Do not cease giving thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers,

Eph 1:17       That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the full knowledge of Him,

Eph 1:18       The eyes of your heart having been enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

Eph 1:19       And what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the operation of the might of His strength,

Eph 1:20       Which He caused to operate in Christ in raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His right hand in the heavenlies,

Eph 1:21       Far above all rule and authority and power and lordship and every name that is named not only in this age but also in that which is to come;

Eph 1:22       And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church,

Eph 1:23       Which is His Body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.

Matt 28:19    Go therefore and disciple all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Matt 16:18    And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

2 Cor 13:14   The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

2 Cor 1:1       Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Timothy the brother, to the church of God which is in Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia:

3. The heavens, the earth, a multitude of other things, and the tripartite man are required in order that the church may exist to express God; without these things God cannot have the church in the universe to be His corporate expression—Zech. 12:1; Rev. 4:11.

Zech 12:1      The burden of the word of Jehovah concerning Israel. Thus declares Jehovah, who stretches forth the heavens and lays the foundations of the earth and forms the spirit of man within him,

Rev 4:11       You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power, for You have created all things, and because of Your will they were, and were created.

G.     God’s intention concerning the church is threefold: to express Himself through the sonship (Eph. 1:5), to make His multifarious wisdom known to the enemy (3:10), and to head up all things in Christ (1:10).

Eph 1:5         Predestinating us unto sonship through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

Eph 3:10       In order that now to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenlies the multifarious wisdom of God might be made known through the church,

Eph 1:10       Unto the economy of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth, in Him;

II.   We need “to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things”—3:9:

Eph 3:9         And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things,

A.     The New Testament tells us that the church was a mystery in God; throughout all the generations before the New Testament time, the church was a mystery—vv. 3-6, 9; 5:32.

Eph 3:3         That by revelation the mystery was made known to me, as I have written previously in brief,

Eph 3:4         By which, in reading it, you can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ,

Eph 3:5         Which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in spirit,

Eph 3:6         That in Christ Jesus the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the Body and fellow partakers of the promise through the gospel,

Eph 3:9         And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things,

Eph 5:32       This mystery is great, but I speak with regard to Christ and the church.

B.     In the Bible a mystery refers not only to things that are hidden and unknown to us but also to things that are hidden in God’s heart; this is the principle concerning the mysteries mentioned in the Bible—Mark 4:11; Rom. 16:25-26; Col. 1:26-27; 2:2; 4:3; Eph. 1:9; 3:3-4, 9; 5:32; 6:19.

Mark 4:11     And He said to them, To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God, but to those outside, all things are in parables,

Rom 16:25    Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel, that is, the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which has been kept in silence in the times of the ages

Rom 16:26    But has now been manifested, and through the prophetic writings, according to the command of the eternal God, has been made known to all the Gentiles for the obedience of faith;

Col 1:26        The mystery which has been hidden from the ages and from the generations but now has been manifested to His saints;

Col 1:27        To whom God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,

Col 2:2          That their hearts may be comforted, they being knit together in love and unto all the riches of the full assurance of understanding, unto the full knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ,

Col 4:3          Praying at the same time for us also, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ (because of which also I am bound),

Eph 1:9         Making known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Himself,

Eph 3:3         That by revelation the mystery was made known to me, as I have written previously in brief,

Eph 3:4         By which, in reading it, you can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ,

Eph 3:9         And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things,

Eph 5:32       This mystery is great, but I speak with regard to Christ and the church.

Eph 6:19       And for me, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known in boldness the mystery of the gospel,

C.     God’s mystery is His hidden purpose, which is to dispense Himself into His chosen people; hence, there is the economy of the mystery of God—3:9.

Eph 3:9         And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things,

D.     From the beginning of the world the purpose of creation was a mystery hidden in God; no one knew what the purpose of creation was—Rev. 4:11; Eph. 3:9; Col. 1:16:

Rev 4:11       You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power, for You have created all things, and because of Your will they were, and were created.

Eph 3:9         And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things,

Col 1:16        Because in Him all things were created, in the heavens and on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or lordships or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and unto Him.

1. Job was right in saying, “You have hidden these things in Your heart: / I know that this is with You”; what was hidden in God’s heart was the mystery of the ages—Job 10:13; Eph. 3:9.

Job 10:13      But You have hidden these things in Your heart; / I know that this is with You:

Eph 3:9         And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things,

2. After creating man in His image and according to His likeness, God kept His intention hidden throughout the ages—Gen. 1:26; Rom. 16:25.

Gen 1:26       And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.

Rom 16:25    Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel, that is, the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which has been kept in silence in the times of the ages

3. Before the New Testament time God did not unveil to anyone what His purpose was; the mystery, God’s hidden purpose, was made known by revelation to the apostles and prophets—Eph. 3:3-5.

Eph 3:3         That by revelation the mystery was made known to me, as I have written previously in brief,

Eph 3:4         By which, in reading it, you can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ,

Eph 3:5         Which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in spirit,

E.      The mystery hidden in God’s heart is God’s eternal economy (1:10; 3:9; 1 Tim. 1:4), which is God’s eternal intention with His heart’s desire to dispense Himself in His Divine Trinity as the Father in the Son by the Spirit into His chosen people to be their life and nature so that they may be the same as He is as His duplication (Rom. 8:29; 1 John 3:2), to become an organism, the Body of Christ as the new man (Eph. 2:15-16), for God’s fullness, God’s expression (1:22-23; 3:19), which will become the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:2—22:5).

Eph 1:10       Unto the economy of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth, in Him;

Eph 3:9         And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things,

1 Tim 1:4      Nor to give heed to myths and unending genealogies, which produce questionings rather than God's economy, which is in faith.

Rom 8:29      Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;

1 John 3:2     Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not yet been manifested what we will be. We know that if He is manifested, we will be like Him because we will see Him even as He is.

Eph 2:15       Abolishing in His flesh the law of the commandments in ordinances, that He might create the two in Himself into one new man, so making peace,

Eph 2:16       And might reconcile both in one Body to God through the cross, having slain the enmity by it.

Eph 1:22       And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church,

Eph 1:23       Which is His Body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.

Eph 3:19       And to know the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ, that you may be filled unto all the fullness of God.

Rev 21:2       And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Rev 21:3       And I heard a loud voice out of the throne, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will tabernacle with them, and they will be His peoples, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.

Rev 21:4       And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death will be no more, nor will there be sorrow or crying or pain anymore; for the former things have passed away.

Rev 21:5       And He who sits on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said, Write, for these words are faithful and true.

Rev 21:6       And He said to me, They have come to pass. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give to him who thirsts from the spring of the water of life freely.

Rev 21:7       He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be God to him, and he will be a son to Me.

Rev 21:8       But the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and fornicators and sorcerers and idolaters and all the false, their part will be in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

Rev 21:9       And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, Come here; I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.

Rev 21:10     And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,

Rev 21:11     Having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, as clear as crystal.

Rev 21:12     It had a great and high wall and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names inscribed, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel:

Rev 21:13     On the east three gates, and on the north three gates, and on the south three gates, and on the west three gates.

Rev 21:14     And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

Rev 21:15     And he who spoke with me had a golden reed as a measure that he might measure the city and its gates and its wall.

Rev 21:16     And the city lies square, and its length is as great as the breadth. And he measured the city with the reed to a length of twelve thousand stadia; the length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.

Rev 21:17     And he measured its wall, a hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.

Rev 21:18     And the building work of its wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.

Rev 21:19     The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every precious stone: the first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald;

Rev 21:20     The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst.

Rev 21:21     And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was, respectively, of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

Rev 21:22     And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.

Rev 21:23     And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon that they should shine in it, for the glory of God illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.

Rev 21:24     And the nations will walk by its light; and the kings of the earth bring their glory into it.

Rev 21:25     And its gates shall by no means be shut by day, for there will be no night there.

Rev 21:26     And they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.

Rev 21:27     And anything common and he who makes an abomination and a lie shall by no means enter into it, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.

Rev 22:1       And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street.

Rev 22:2       And on this side and on that side of the river was the tree of life, producing twelve fruits, yielding its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

Rev 22:3       And there will no longer be a curse. And the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His slaves will serve Him;

Rev 22:4       And they will see His face, and His name will be on their forehead.

Rev 22:5       And night will be no more; and they have no need of the light of a lamp and of the light of the sun, for the Lord God will shine upon them; and they will reign forever and ever.

F.      In Ephesians 3:4 Paul uses the expression the mystery of Christ to explain the church as the Body of Christ in God’s eternal economy, indicating that the church is the mystery of Christ.

Eph 3:4         By which, in reading it, you can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ,

G.     The economy of God’s mystery is to have the church for the manifestation of God—vv. 9-10.

Eph 3:9         And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things,

Eph 3:10       In order that now to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenlies the multifarious wisdom of God might be made known through the church,

H.     Paul preached not only the gospel of the unsearchable riches of Christ; he also preached the gospel concerning the economy of the mystery hidden in God—vv. 8-9:

Eph 3:8         To me, less than the least of all saints, was this grace given to announce to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ as the gospel

Eph 3:9         And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things,

1. The gospel concerning the economy of the mystery hidden in God is to produce the church for God’s expression and glorification according to God’s eternal purpose—vv. 10-11, 21.

Eph 3:10       In order that now to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenlies the multifarious wisdom of God might be made known through the church,

Eph 3:11       According to the eternal purpose which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord,

Eph 3:21       To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all the generations forever and ever. Amen.

2. Today we must announce the gospel concerning the mystery hidden in God in order to enlighten all so that they may see what is the economy of the mystery hidden in God, who created all things for the fulfillment of His will, the desire of His heart, and His eternal purpose—1:5, 9, 11; 3:8-11.

Eph 1:5         Predestinating us unto sonship through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

Eph 1:9         Making known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Himself,

Eph 1:11       In whom also we were designated as an inheritance, having been predestinated according to the purpose of the One who works all things according to the counsel of His will,

Eph 3:8         To me, less than the least of all saints, was this grace given to announce to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ as the gospel

Eph 3:9         And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things,

Eph 3:10       In order that now to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenlies the multifarious wisdom of God might be made known through the church,

Eph 3:11    According to the eternal purpose which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord,
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