“For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles— if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.”
Ephesians 3:1-7 NKJV
The apostle Paul begins chapter 3 of Ephesians by saying for this reason I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles”, Here Paul says that he is a prisoner of Christ for the Gentiles. Paul is a prisoner of Jesus Christ for the Gentiles because God called him to be ,God called Paul to minister to the Gentiles according to his almighty will. I think it is important to notice that Paul was in prison, Paul was a prisoner for Christ and yet he still continued to do what God called him to do, to minister to the Gentiles. Sometimes while doing the will of God we will have to endure trials and tribulations, just like the apostle Paul. Paul was in prison and the Lord knew that he would be sent there, but yet through this we get to see the boldness and confidence of Paul’s faith. Paul continued to Minister to the Gentiles while in chains, he knew that he was being bound in prison but, he had already bound himself to Christ by His own choice. Paul was a bonds recent of Christ, so this time in chains would not keep him from doing the desire of His father and from bringing glory to Him. I feel that it is important for us to remember this too. No matter the circumstances, we need to persevere, we need to press on, we need to run with endurance for the upward calling God has given us. In verse 2 Paul brings up the dispensation of the grace of God, which was given to Paul for the sake of the Gentiles. God gave administration of his grace to Paul and order to pass it onto the Gentiles. Here we see how God uses people to bring his gifts to others. God gave Paul the ministration of his grace so that he would pass it to the Gentiles, God wanted to bless his people. The grace of God that Paul is talking about here is, God’s plan for His church. Paul then informs the Gentiles that by revelation God has made known to him the mystery. God spoke to Paul regarding how the Gentiles and Jews would be joined together as one in the Body of Christ. Verses 4 & 5 say, “by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ, which another ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the spirit of his holy apostles and prophets;”. From this we learn that the knowledge of the mystery of Christ was not know to the sons of man until this time when Paul is taking to the Ephesians. We also find out that the knowledge that is now being revealed was revealed by the spirit of his holy apostles and prophets. All of this was for the sake of the Gentiles that they should be “fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ through the gospel”. It’s amazing to realize that God’s desire is for ALL of his people to be one in Christ Jesus, one as God’s children. Galatians 3:28 says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”. God has promised His people, ALL of His people through His gospel (His word), and we get to hold on to that hope, that assurance just as the Gentiles do. Of which these things Paul became a minister of grace, by the effective working of His power, God’s power. Christ sent His spirit to reveal these things to Paul and then to the Gentiles, and to us. As this mystery has been revealed, we have received a new hope and a new promise of God’s grace.