A sentence can be very simple like “Jesus wept,” (John 11:35). Yet, one sentence in the Bible can be very complex. The apostle Paul wrote a very long sentence that covered five verses in the book of Ephesians..
That’s right. Paul’s sentence in Ephesians 3:8-12 is five verses long. It is complex, but the ideas expressed in it are very simple and powerful.
In Ephesians 2, Paul wrote about the plan, or the mystery of the gospel of Christ. Christ came to make those who are dead in sins alive spiritually. In chapter three, Paul began writing about the purpose people saved from their sins have in Christ.
The apostle wrote he was given more than just a job; he was given the grace of God to proclaim to the Gentiles “the unfathomable riches of Christ,” (Ephesians 3:8).
A comparative study of verse nine is interesting. The King James Version says that Paul’s preaching was designed, “to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery.” The New American Standard Bible translates the verse a little differently by saying, “and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery.”
Both are saying the same thing. Making all men see is analogous to bringing to light. Without light, it is impossible to see. When we were children, my brothers and sisters and I were taken to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. In the deepest part of the cave distant from the entrance, the tour guide turned out the lights. Without the benefit of light was darkness and we were without sight.
Paul’s purpose was to make all men see by turning on the light of the gospel of Christ. By implication, Jesus’ command to us in Matthew 28:18-20 is our purpose to make all men see by turning on the light of the gospel of Christ to others.
Paul was given the mystery, or gospel, by inspiration. We are given the gospel of Christ in words in the New Testament. But, it’s the same message of hope that people must have to be saved from sin and prepare themselves to meet eternity.
We have been given more than just a job to reach the lost. We have been given the grace of God to make all men see.
Let’s go and do that.