The Mystery of God
All that Paul has to say in the early part of this chapter, which really introduces a parenthetical expression which actually lasts unto verse 14 in which he picks up again the phrase, “for this cause,”is based on the conclusion of chapter 2. Since God has done away with the distinction between Jew and Gentile, since we are all one and God’s grace has made it all possible. Paul is inexpressibly thankful for all that God has done.
But let’s notice three things from the first 6 verses of this chapter.
- “Paul a prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles.” Paul was, at this time, a prisoner in Rome. He could have said he was a prisoner of Rome and been right. He could have bewailed his innocence, because he was innocent. He was charged with bringing Trophimus into the Temple in Jerusalem. But he chose to view things from a different viewpoint. How life deals with us is determined largely by how we view life.
Three men were working in a stone quarry in England. One said, “I‘m cutting this
stone to a certain size and shape”... and another said, “I’m working for so much
money a day”... and the third said “I’m helping Sir Christopher Wren build St. Paul’s
Cathedral.” Now all were doing the same thing.
- 2How Paul regarded himself is so vital. He thought of himself as the recipient of a new revelation. .. not as discovering a new truth. He knew that he was dealing with God’s word not his.... His thoughts had to be firmly planted in God’s will. He was the transmitter of God’s grace. ...Merely a pipeline through which that grace flowed. He did not know God’s grace for the purpose of keeping it for himself... but to pass on to others. He had the dignity of service. That service was to
- 3The mystery of God. A mystery is that which was previously unknown... it is now revealed... and therefore can be known. Hidden in times past from theand the apostles. But now it has been made known. But notice how that transmission was made... The Holy Spirit is responsible. The Holy Spirit gave this to the apostles and prophets. They speaking and writing by inspiration, passed that information on to us in the form of these written words v. 4. As a result we can now understand this mystery. And how thankful we should be.
II Timothy 3:16,17
II Peter 1:19-21