The Purpose of the Plan 計畫的目的
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The Purpose of the Plan 計畫的目的 (Listen to the sermon, 聽講道)
Guest speaker: Michael Haggard
Ephesians chapter 3 以弗所書第三章
Paul’s insight 保羅的洞見
Ephesians 以弗所書 3:3-5
As I briefly wrote earlier, God himself revealed his mysterious plan to me. As you read what I have written, you will understand my insight into this plan regarding Christ. God did not reveal it to previous generations, but now by his Spirit he has revealed it to his holy apostles and prophets.
Paul was told by God directly about the plan,上帝直接告訴保羅計畫，
but is not at all different from the other Apostles’ report! 但是與其他使徒的報導並無任何的不同！
Yet Paul brings his talent and ability into the communication.然而保羅將他自己的能力與才幹帶進了書信裡。
God’s message will never be new… 上帝的信息將永遠不是新的…..
but it will be fresh! 而是永遠新鮮的！
Ephesians 以弗所書 3:6-7
And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus. By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News.
WHY? What for?為什麼？為了什麼目的？
So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.
You are his pride, his joy, his children!
The purpose in the plan…那計畫裡的目的…..
Ephesians 以弗所書 3:8-11
Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ. I was chosen to explain to everyone this mysterious plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning. God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 Corinthians 哥林多後書 4:7
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
It’s not only the world that sees this power!
- All people, all nations, all languages, are the children of God and he loves them and wants them in Christ.所有的族群，所有的邦國，以及所有語言的使用者，都是上帝的兒女；並且祂也喜愛他們並且要他們都在基督裡。
- He chooses to show his power through our weaknesses. When we are weak; in Faith, he is strong.祂特意要在我們的軟弱之處彰顯祂的大能。當我們無論是在軟弱或是在信心中，祂都是剛強的。
- He proves the power of his love and the extent of his grace by using us and living in us by choice.祂透我我們的抉擇以及與我們同住來賜給我們祂那無限的恩典與愛的大能。
- So that the living AND the spirits can see that there is no other power that can reach to God!因此，凡有氣息的與屬靈借的都能看見沒有其他能力的可以超越上帝！
How does God plan help us?上帝的計畫如何幫助我們呢？
Ephesians 以弗所書 3:12
Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.