Ephesians 3:7~"Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power."
Paul was made a minister to the Gentiles to preach this glorious news of their full inclusion
. It was a gift of God’s grace to make Paul, before a blasphemer, a preacher of Jesus Christ. It took the effectual working of God’s power to convert Saul of Tarsus to the apostle Paul~to take the message of reconciliation to us Gentiles.
Ephesians 3:8~"Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;"
Glorious message indeed~ not a message of an AFTERTHOUGHT, you are all that is left so I guess I'll take you to provoke my true love to jealousy! Well, that's what many believe and is what Judaism working through premillennialism desires for us to believe.
Paul in this place denigrates himself to maximize the grace of God in His office of apostle to the Gentiles; though in other places he magnifies himself to maximize God’s grace (Ist Corinthians 15:10). The apostles, though having great knowledge, had the treasure in earthen vessels (2nd Corinthians 4:7). What an honor! Paul, though an enemy of Jesus Christ, was chosen to preach the gospel among millions of Gentiles, rather than be limited to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
What are unsearchable riches? Those beyond knowing and measuring (Job 5:9; Romans 11:33). It is the incredible and fantastic value of Jesus Christ the angels desired to see (Ist Peter 1:120. Jesus Christ, by ending the Mosaic economy, united Jews and Gentiles in one body to God. The doctrine taught all through the OT under the words: Israel and Judah!
Ephesians 3:9~"And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
The “all men” here are all the Gentile saints and
Jews to whom God sent the apostle Paul. All through the Psalms and Prophets as ISRAEL AND JUDAH!
“Fellowship” here is the comfort and pleasure of the mystery that blesses Gentile and Jewish believers to be united
in one Christian fellowship and church for advanced worship of God.
Here again is the definition of “mystery.” Some thing of truth hidden in God from the world. This specific mystery had been kept hidden from the beginning, but it was known to God~and in their OT scriptures for US TO SEE CLEARLY. All one needs to do is see how many times Israel and Judah are used together where God promises to UNITE THEM AS ONE. I'll give one to get you started and you can use an concordance to find hundreds of more of these scriptures.
Hosea 1:11~Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel
Ephesians 3:10~"To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,"
This can be a difficult text, if you rush through it without considering the wording carefully. The intent, or purpose, of God in revealing a new dispensation was to magnify His wisdom. It was only “now,” the first time since the beginning of the world, that it was fully known. Principalities and powers in heavenly places are the holy and elect angels of God’s heaven. Principalities and powers can refer to either category of angels (Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 2:15). We understand these to be good angels by virtue of their place in heaven (1:3,20; 2:6). God’s glorious and gracious plan of redemption is to reveal His glory to the whole universe. He chose as part of this revelation to show the angels His glorious wisdom in redemption. The manifold wisdom of God includes all the facets, phases, and aspects of His salvation. Since angels are more intelligent, glorious, and powerful than us, it is a great revelation. Since the fallen members of their ranks are reserved in chains for judgment, the salvation of men is a glorious thing that they desire to look into and comprehend (Ist Peter 1:12). Since they are creatures, they are not privy to the mysterious will of God (Matthew 24:36). The words, “by the church,” tell us the means by which God teaches the angels His wisdom. It is not the church that learns or knows in this verse; it is the principalities and powers. And they learn God’s wisdom by observing what He did for and to the church. Glory!
They learned in progress of time as did the apostles of God’s plan for the pagan Gentiles. What a contrast of grace and judgment~grace to the Gentiles and judgment to angels!
The glory of this verse will be overlooked or missed, unless we stop to consider its weight! God chose us for a cosmic object lesson of great proportions to impress mighty angels! God’s treatment of us in our church is far greater than anything He has done for angels!
Ephesians 3:11~According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
All things God does in time are according to His purpose that He ordained in eternity past
, James at Jerusalem’s council declared the Gentile inclusion was planned earlier
(Acts 15:18). NO afterthought. Not only was election and predestination according to His purpose, but this grace also
( See 1:11; Romans 11:29-36).