Browse Sermons on Ephesians 1:3-10. He was infinitely able to form His whole plan of operation before He began to operate; and no good reason could possibly exist for His neglecting, a single moment, to fix all future events. We find fault sometimes with the way of Providence, because we do not understand it; when we shall get a clearer sight of it we shall see that every mark and line was dictated by His love, and ordered by His infinite counsel. a. Wisdom Literature In fact, this blessing provides the structure for the entirety of the passage. To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the Church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord. B. ye sceptics, sciolists, and scoffers, we can well afford to let you rail; but you can ill afford to rail when angels are awed into wonder, and so would you be if there were anything angelic about your temper, or anything of right wisdom in your attainments. As each Christian shall be conformed to the likeness of Christ, angels will see in the products of grace fresh displays of the manifold wisdom of God. In calling sinners to Christ, there is singleness of purpose but no uniformity of means. The production and discovery of a motive power to which "all sorts and conditions of men" would respond, viz., the gospel. Scripture: Ephesians 3:14–21. Do you not think, too, that perhaps they can see God better in Christ than even they did before? To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places By whom are meant, not civil magistrates, much less evil angels, but the good angels, the angels in heaven; (See Gill on Ephesians 1:21).might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God; Our text seems to require us to suppose cherubim and seraphim bending over the earth, as under the Jewish law their golden emblems bent over the ark, and searching with intense earnestness into the display of the Divine wisdom there presented. The subject of our meditation resolves itself into a question, HOW EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH THE CHURCH DO ANGELS COME TO SEE THE MANIFOLD WISDOM OF GOD? Scripture: Ephesians 1:15–23. 1. II. Do you think you and I have sufficiently considered that we are always looked upon by angels, and that they desire to learn by us the wisdom of God? I suppose that even Newton, and Kepler, and Locke, and those mighty master spirits, would be mere infants compared with seraphs. Does it not, then, follow in the way of consequence, that redemption must far surpass creation in the lessons which it teaches of the wisdom of God; that in the interference of the Redeemer for the salvation of our fallen race there is the greatest manifestation of that attribute whose name is sometimes used for that of the Eternal Son Himself? I have sometimes understood the word "manifold," as comparing grace to a precious treasure that is wrapped up in many folds, first this, then the next, then the next must be unfolded, and as you unwrap fold after fold, you find something precious each time; but it will be long ere you and I shall have unwrapped the last fold and shall have found the wisdom of God in its pure glittering lustre, lying stored within as the angels behold it in the Church of the living God. Knowledge increases the joy of the angels, and I will tell you why, because it makes them take a greater delight in God when they see how wise and gracious He is. 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GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point This image is custom made, and has no image … Pentateuch Here again is where hindsight is so superior to foresight. Not specifically the preaching of apostles, nor human preaching, but the Church as the exhibition in its long and checkered history of the wisdom of God. “How can I know God’s will in this matter? Knowledge increases the joy of the... 2. WHEN THE DEITY FORMED HIS PURPOSE OF REDEEMING THE CHURCH FROM AMONG MEN. IT IS THE CHURCH WHICH IS THE MEDIUM OF ANGELIC INSTRUCTION. God is now making this unity visible through the church! GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point If it is possible for the angels to be happier than natural innocence and honourable service can render them, they must be happier through knowing and seeing more of God, as His attributes are reflected, and His perfections mirrored forth, in the Church. The very syllables of the chant which the shepherds heard proved that it was God's wisdom at which the angels became suddenly enraptured. Minor Prophets Johannine Writings When we face hard times and when life makes no sense whatsoever, we need to stop and say to ourselves, “Something big is happening here.” God never wastes anything. -------------------- John Piper Mar 22, 1981 66 Shares Sermon. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Ephesians 3:10. He’s continuing to talk about this mystery. They never saw much of God before until they saw God veiled in human flesh. 2. It is possible that the word has it’s origin in a similar Greek word, diakonis, which means “running through dust.”In the Roman world, servants would run errands for their masters through the dusty streets, and often times, … John Piper says (Ephesians 3:10 The Cosmic Church), We don’t usually hit targets that we are not aiming at. There was too dazzling a splendour for them till the interposing medium of the manhood of Christ came in between them and the absolute Deity. Historical Books THIS EXHIBITION OF THE MANIFOLD WISDOM WAS INVOLVED IN THE ORIGINAL PLAN OF SALVATION. 1. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and PowerPoints for Preaching on Ephesians 3:10. It is a curious fact that the interest of the angels is not in the power or the goodness of God, but in his wisdom, as if to imply that the work of redemption represents the highest order of intelligence. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point Saved by grace through faith We are now in Christ What has struck me so far in our study of Ephesians is the way in which how being assured of salvation is so vital for our faith. 4. God has blessed us with spiritual blessings, and has made us his adopted children. Angels will be enriched by the society of the saints in heaven. All the elect are said to have been "chasen in Christ before the foundation of the world." You know the children's toy, the kaleidoscope. 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Prophets GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point That which from its complexity and the vastness of the space and time in which it realized itself might be for the most part inscrutable to men, these great beings, with clearer insight and vaster spiritual range, would be able to trace and appreciate. 3 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— 2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. Paul, who considered himself less than the least of all saints, received the gift of grace to preach unto the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make men understand how through Jesus Christ they can have fellowship with God. 1. And the principalities and powers are taking notice. Scripture: Ephesians 3:10. 1-3 – How to Walk in Unity with Other Christians. Paul's Apostleship to the Gentiles: Introduction, Angels -- Scholars of the Kingdom of Christ, Example of God's Manifold Wisdom and Power, God's Purpose in the Ultimate Revelation of His Grace, The Church the Means of Angelic Enlightenment, The Church The Means Of Angelic Enlightenment, God's purpose in the ultimate revelation of His grace, Angels -- scholars of the kingdom of Christ, Example of God's manifold wisdom and power. Pauline Epistles His Body: The Fullness of Him Who Fills All in All. Minor Prophets The Messiah was to be the Savior of the world, and once He was born, the Jew lost his exclusive position as God's favored people, and the gospel was taken to all men, Jew and Gentile alike. Wisdom Literature The apostles regard themselves as "spectacles to angels" as well as men, in the insults heaped upon them by an ungrateful world (1 Corinthians 4:9). Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: manifold. All we shall say is, that there is pride in the mind of man, and that the unity of the Church is injured by the indulgence of that pride; there is jealousy in the mind of man, and the unity of the Church is injured by the indulgence of that jealousy; there is selfishness in the mind of man, and the unity of the Church is injured by the indulgence of that selfishness; there is worldliness in the mind of man, and the Church is kept back by that worldliness: a variety of features of mind and character will occur to yourselves, all of which operate against the right discharge of the reciprocal duties of Church members. It was not the love, for they knew long ago that infinite love had moved God to the planning redemption; it was not the justice, for in their debates they had always calculated on a justice which could never pass by iniquity; it was not the holiness, for it would have been to undeify Deity to suppose Him capable of admitting the unclean into communion with Himself; but it was the wisdom that amazed them — "the manifold wisdom" — "manifold," for it had reconciled every opposing interest; it had provided for every possible emergency; it had left no point neglected, whether in the attributes of the Creator or the necessities of the creature. If there be justice in this supposition, then our text opens before you with beautiful clearness; for angels must have estimated far better than men the difficulties to be overcome, ere this earth could be restored to the favour of the Lord. Luke-Acts Prophets Individual instructors or editors may still require the use of URLs. That the angels are in communication with the Church on earth as well as in heaven. 2. General Epistles When Daniel had applied himself by fasting and prayer to understand the mystery of the restoration of his people, the angel Gabriel was commissioned to clear up to him the mystery. I believe there will be found evidence at the last of the wisdom of God in the very date, the very place, the very means in and by which every soul is brought to believe in Jesus; and angels will, no doubt, be able to perceive in every conversion some singular marks of beautiful originality proceeding from the inexhaustible Artist of Grace, the Holy Spirit. Luke-Acts There is no other way that I can approach God. He knew that His creatures could not see the natural and moral excellency of His nature, unless He actually displayed Himself in His works. Indeed, Paul returns to this glorious truth in chapter 3 when he writes, Ephesians 3:6. "According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord." He says, it was "to the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known, by the Church, the manifold wisdom of God." Ephesians 3:7. THAT THE CHURCH ON EARTH INSTRUCTS THE ANGELS IN HEAVEN WITH REGARD TO "THE MANIFOLD WISDOM OF GOD." I can imagine that we Christians are a real enigma to the angels. Certainly they acquire increased knowledge. 3. II. But not only must there be mutual instruction, there must also be mutual charity. God's eternal purpose always included all men. God was self existent, independent, and absolutely perfect from eternity. ( C) in him before the creation of the world. the whole passage — 1 Corinthians 1:18-25). 1. My task is to bring out in the open and make plain what God, who created all this in the first place, has been doing in secret and behind the scenes all along. Now if you combine the statements advanced — the first, that up to the period of the Incarnation angels, like men, had only partial glimpses of the scheme of redemption; the second, that God's wisdom is extraordinarily manifested in human salvation: what conclusion can you reach, but that which is announced in our text? Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Ephesians 1:3-10. That the church was to be comprised of both Jews and Gentiles. God's wisdom is displayed equally in bringing you in that way, and in bringing me in another way. That the walls that once separated the Gentiles from the promises of God were broken down by Jesus Christ. The darker the Churches are, the more impressive will be the indications of Divine wisdom working in them, and Divine wisdom formed in them. David Mathis Apr … The wisdom of God is clearly seen by angels in this, that though God was dishonoured in this world by sin, that sin has redounded to His greater honour. But what is there, it may be asked, to oppose the exercise of these duties. By the relation of the Church to preceding ages. And how can I find words that might open the eyes of your heart to see it, too? THROUGH THE CHURCH TO DISPLAY HIS WISDOM TO THE SPIRITUAL UNIVERSE. That ingenious toy called the kaleidoscope at every turn presents some new form of beauty, so the different converts who are brought to Christ by the preaching of the Word are every one unlike the other; there is something to distinguish each case; hence by them to the very letter our text is proved, the manifold wisdom, the much varied wisdom of God is displayed. Certainly they acquire increased knowledge. Satan's craft was dexterous, but God's wisdom was infinite in its prescience. Major Prophets Scriptures: Ephesians 3. WHY GOD WAS GRACIOUSLY PLEASED TO DEVISE AND ADOPT, FROM ETERNITY, THE GREAT SCHEME OF MAN'S REDEMPTION. 1. 2. And nothing could be better adapted to this end than to place them in a situation which would render all the displays of His glory highly interesting to themselves. We may believe that when at the word of the Creator the army of worlds came forth from nothingness, angels looked admiringly on, as globe after globe took place amongst the ranks of the starry host; and ever since we may suppose they have been free to pass through the spreadings of space, to search into all that our Maker has fashioned, measuring the grandeur of His productions, and prying into the nicest contrivances of His creative skill. THE INSTRUCTION CONVEYED BY THE CHURCH IS "THE GREATLY DIVERSIFIED WISDOM OF GOD." b. I think that they watch us with dismay when we venture into some of the areas where we go. Sermon Something Big Is Happening Here. 2. 2. Lord, Enlarge My Love for You. The two objects which Christ had in view were, the instruction of the world, and the instruction of angels. Johannine Writings This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord. She loved her with a love that was too strong for Pandy's own good. A redeemed sinner must be the wonder of wonders — if indeed angels return from traversing the circuits of the universe, and congregate upon this lowly globe, and find in the transactions of which it is the scene that preeminent teaching which they have elsewhere sought in vain; and that such is the case must be concluded from the statement of our text — "That now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the Church the manifold wisdom of God.". In carrying out the end for which God formed Churches, the members ought mutually to cultivate the spirit Of Christian charity. THE ANGELS RECEIVE INSTRUCTION THROUGH THE CHURCH. 3:10-11). Read verse in The Message Bible The angels desire increased knowledge of the ways of God with man. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. Would they not have gathered around such a woman as Blandina, for instance, who was made to sit in a red-hot chair, after having been tossed upon the horns of a wild bull, yet constant to the last she maintained her faith in Christ while passing through the torture. A. Abraham was chosen by God to bring forth the nation through which the Son of God would be born. Every time you turn it there is some fresh form of beauty. Minor Prophets This might be inferred from the fact that they come specially into the foreground at great turning-points in the history of the kingdom of God, such as the founding of the old and new covenants, and the humiliation and exaltation of Christ. 3. If the angels think so much of it, oh! It is a manifestation to the highest intelligences — the angels. 1. Thus our earth, though a mere speck in space, becomes, in the eyes of angels, the brightest of stars; for it is the platform of that Church which mirrors forth "the manifold wisdom of God.". II. 1. Who can doubt that the angels had seen much of the wisdom of God in creation? In climbing or in descending a lofty mountain, one is struck with the sudden change of views. The serpent was exceeding wise, but God was wiser far. And St. John tells us, he "saw an angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth." Wisdom has outmatched craft. in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry. -------------------- How could He keep His law and yet at the same time show His mercy towards us? The text tells us it was in eternity: "According to the eternal purpose, which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord." God chose the work of redemption, because it was the only one in which He could display all His perfections before the minds of His intelligent creatures. This implies: 1. 4 For he chose us. 4. [But they do not like it, because it means they will lose some of their stolen power. And the target for the church is to demonstrate to the evil powers of the cosmos that God has been wise in sending his Son to die that we might have hope and be … The grand object of attention in the Church to the principalities and powers, is THE SCHEME AND PLAN OF SAVING THE CHURCH. The Apostle Peter was liberated from prison by an angel. I. The self-exclusion of the Jew bringing about a universal comprehension of all who believe. -------------------- Scripture: Ephesians 3:14–21. III. Johannine Writings Angels could not have conjectured this, but when it was made known to them, how could they refrain to chant fresh songs to the praise of Him who could undertake so loving a responsibility? Wisdom Literature GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point “To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Eph. When we face hard times and when life makes no sense whatsoever, we need to stop and say to ourselves, “Something big is happening here.” God never wastes anything. -------------------- Ephesians 3:10 Through Christians like yourselves gathered in churches, this extraordinary plan of God is becoming known and talked about even among the angels! The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, The intention, therefore, for which Churches were formed, beyond the salvation of the members of those Churches, was, you perceive, two-fold. The New Testament They are watching and learning. 3. I. Ephesians 3:10. Sermons Series on scripture Ephesians 3:10-11 . C. God’s purpose was carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord. - T.C. They knew from near inspection the uncompromising character of every attribute of God, and perceiving that mercy was yet to be extended to the children of Adam, the problem which must have engaged their attention, whilst they clustered together in shining groups, would naturally be how God could punish the guilt, and yet pardon the guilty. B. Paul declares that this truth was revealed to the holy apostles. The Whole Bible Read full chapter THE INDIRECT TESTIMONY WHICH IS GIVEN BY THE TEXT TO THE SUPERIORITY OF THE WISDOM MANIFESTED IN THE WORK OF REDEMPTION, AS COMPARED WITH THE WORK OF CREATION; for we may well suppose that the material fabric of the universe is subjected to the ken and the scrutiny of angels, in all the grandeur of its magnificent and in all the delicacy of its minuter portions. Poetical Books By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. 3. Scripture: Ephesians 3:14–19. II. Major Prophets These angelic beings referred to as principalities and powers are divided into two factions, those who remained true to God and those who joined in Satan's rebellion against God. Two questions in conclusion: First, to the children of God. A verification email has been sent to the address you provided. But, further, when the angels see that by this great plan all the ruin that sin brought upon mankind is removed, they again wonder at the wisdom of God. In the Greek text, all of verses 3-14 form a single sentence, with clause after clause describing … Continue reading "Commentary on Ephesians 1:3-14" This wonderful Scripture expresses a thought that staggers the mind’s ability to comprehend and appreciate. Another thing which we think belongs to the mutual and reciprocal duties of Church members is a constant and ready acknowledgment of one another. THIS IS A BLESSED TRUTH OF GOD THAT WAS EVEN HIS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT SAINTS AND FROM THE ANGELS. 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