Welcome back! I honestly wish we were meeting face to face instead of through print! Sometimes I imagine what it would be like to go to the mailbox and open a letter that was hand-written to me from Paul. I’d definitely bring that to our Bible study group and share it!
Dear Anne, this is what the Lord wants me to tell you today...
I mean, WOW! But this is essentially what you and I have in our hands right now. This letter is written to us as Gentile believers, and Paul is addressing you (and me) when he says “you”! What a privilege! Today, we’re headed into chapter 3, so read 3:1-7.
1. Since it’s been a couple days, the first question we’ve got to answer from verse 1 is “for WHAT reason”?
2. What revelation is Paul talking about that was given to him by the grace of God in 2 & 3?
What did Paul do to make this happen? (It’s a trick question!)
3. Briefly write down about when the mystery of Christ was made known to you. What were the circumstances? Who’s working was this revelation in your life?
Same Spirit! Same God! Same power! Never underestimate the power of the revelation that you have been entrusted with!
4. What did Paul mean that the mystery of the gospel had not been made known to previous generations or people? What changed?
5. Paul doesn’t sugar-coat anything. He speaks simply of the revelation he received to anyone who would listen. For just a moment, consider yourself as the author of this letter instead of the recipient.
Copy this and fill in these blanks:
Let me start by sharing how much I love you and am so thankful for you. You know my story, and I received this gift of grace for you. Let me explain...
Back in verse 2, Paul asks us “don’t you know what happened to me through God’s grace that He gave to me for you?” And don’t you know what happened to YOU was completely and solely through the grace of God so that you would join with other believers in His power to share the mystery of the gospel with those God puts in your life?!?! If you’re a believer in Jesus Christ by personally receiving the revelation of the gospel, you’re a Paul to someone else. Wow again.
Go back and read those verses we wrote on our cards last week from Ephesians 2:8-10. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty humbled and excited right now. I can’t wait to see where to go from here! See you tomorrow!