Eph. 3:1-6 The Stewardship of the Mystery.

‘Stewardship’ (ESV) is a better rendering of the Greek than ‘dispensation’ (NKJV), as the former carries more the idea of administering out of duty to a given authority, than a simple period of time that is conveyed with the latter (v. 2). Though Paul was a ‘prisoner’ he did not stop being a steward of the grace administration given to him by the Lord – the mystery made known to him by revelation, and not simply his own imagination or determination (vv. 1, 3). Further, it was not given to him alone, but he was given this stewardship for the gentiles, that they also are to be partakers of the promise of the covenants as noted earlier (2:12). 

This message was known before to past generations, but not in the fuller sense it was with the apostles and prophets of the new covenant, with the coming of the promised mediator, the Messiah, by the Spirit (vv. 4-5). “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.” (v. 6) We are all saints, heirs to an inheritance of manifold blessings in Jesus the Christ. We are equal participants in the body, each with our own unique character and contribution to make. The promise, with its greater expansion to the world, is also called “the gospel.”

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