God had an idea in Himself from before the foundation of the world. “The Father and His Family” expresses the heart of that idea. After the Fall, He began working His Plan to bring this idea to pass. Throughout the Old Testament it was ‘hidden in a mystery’….hinted at through types, shadows and prophetic statements. Paul was the man God chose to reveal this mystery through….he called himself a ‘steward of the mystery’. Let’s dig deep into this story of Paul, his life and his message. Your victory over the world, the flesh and the devil depends on it.
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Article mentioned in today’s broadcast: “Paul’s Gospel” by William R. Newell
Today’s Scripture versions:
Only Through Paul’s Ministry the Mystery is made known:
For this cause (because you are built together, Jew & Gentile, into a habitation of God through the Spirit (2:22), I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, if you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: how that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery: (as I wrote afore in few words, whereby, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; that the gentiles should be fellow heirs of the same body and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: to the intent that now unto the principalities and power 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; in whom we have boldness and access with confidence by faith of him.
I, Paul, the servant of Christ, am here in jail because of you-for preaching that you Gentiles are a part of God’s house. 2 No doubt you already know that God has given me this special work of showing God’s favor to you Gentiles, as I briefly mentioned before in one of my letters. God himself showed me this secret plan of his, that the Gentiles, too, are included in his kindness. 4 I say this to explain to you how I know about these things. 5 In olden times God did not share this plan with his people, but now he has revealed it by the Holy Spirit to his apostles and prophets.
6 And this is the secret: that the Gentiles will have their full share with the Jews in all the riches inherited by God’s sons; both are invited to belong to his Church, and all of God’s promises of mighty blessings through Christ apply to them both when they accept the Good News about Christ and what he has done for them. 7 God has given me the wonderful privilege of telling everyone about this plan of his; and he has given me his power and special ability to do it well.
8 Just think! Though I did nothing to deserve it, and though I am the most useless Christian there is, yet I was the one chosen for this special joy of telling the Gentiles the Glad News of the endless treasures available to them in Christ; 9 and to explain to everyone that God is the Savior of the Gentiles too, just as he who made all things had secretly planned from the very beginning.
10 And his reason? To show to all the rulers in heaven how perfectly wise he is when all of his family-Jews and Gentiles alike-are seen to be joined together in his Church 11 in just the way he had always planned it through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12 Now we can come fearlessly right into God’s presence, assured of his glad welcome when we come with Christ and trust in him. TLB
Eph. 3:1-11 (MsgB)
This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called.  I take it that you’re familiar with the part I was given in God’s plan for including everybody.  I got the inside story on this from God himself, as I just wrote you in brief.
 As you read over what I have written to you, you’ll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ.  None of our ancestors understood this. Only in our time has it been made clear by God’s Spirit through his holy apostles and prophets of this new order.  The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I’ve been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in Christ Jesus. The Message is accessible and welcoming to everyone, across the board.
 This is my life work: helping people understand and respond to this Message. It came as a sheer gift to me, a real surprise, God handling all the details.  When it came to presenting the Message to people who had no background in God’s way, I was the least qualified of any of the available Christians. God saw to it that I was equipped, but you can be sure that it had nothing to do with my natural abilities.
And so here I am, preaching and writing about things that are way over my head, the inexhaustible riches and generosity of Christ.  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.  Through Christians like yourselves gathered in churches, this extraordinary plan of God is becoming known and talked about even among the angels!
 All this is proceeding along lines planned all along by God and then executed in Christ Jesus.