Fellow Heirs of Gospel Promise (Ephesians 3:6-7)
Scripture: Ephesians 3:6-7
Paul's description of the status of those who are part of the body of Christ continues in this section. He uses three Greek words with a prefix that is translated "fellow heirs, fellow members, and fellow sharers" that refer to what God has done through the gospel. All of this continues the idea of "one new man" from Ephesians 2:15 that is composed of believing Jews and Gentiles. For Gentiles this is a radical change from our previous state of being alienated from God and His promises (Ephesians 2:12). This sermon emphasizes the importance of "promise" in the NT where it is found 52 times in the Greek. The gospel is the fulfillment of God's promise of Messianic salvation but does not negate the yet future promises to Israel that are mentioned in Romans 11:28-29. We also talk about the importance of serving God as the ones who are called into one body. As God called Paul to be a servant, we see that all of the redeemed are called to "serve one another" (Galatians 5:13). The gospel is central to everything and we preach Christ and His call for all to come to Him in faith. Only in Christ to we find true light. We cite Jeremiah 31:31-34 to show the nature of the promised new covenant. God does not remember our sins, but He does remember His promises.
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