March 07, 2021 Sermon Outline

“The Mystery that Landed Paul in Jail (and Angered Many)”


Pastor John W. Uhl * March 07, 2021 * Third Sunday in Lent


1 For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles-

2 assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you,

3 how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly.

4 When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ,

5 which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit.

6 This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. - Ephesians 3:1-6



In Ephesian 2 Paul established that Jesus created a “New Race” of people and made a New Temple by his work on the Cross and His Resurrection.


Why did Paul’s teaching in Ephesians 2 make them so angry they put him in jail?

Why are Israel and its leaders unable to fully grasp Jesus’ identity and mission?

Why is Jesus not welcomed with open arms?


  1. The Mystery is Only Made Known by Revelation from God (3:1-3,5).

10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully,11 inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. 12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look. - 1 Peter 1:10-12


20 "Thus says the LORD of hosts: Peoples shall yet come, even the inhabitants of many cities.

21 The inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, 'Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the LORD and to seek the LORD of hosts; I myself am going.' 22 Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the LORD. 23 Thus says the LORD of hosts: In those days ten men from the nations of every tongue shall take hold of the robe of a Jew, saying, 'Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.'" - Zechariah 8:20-23


27 When the seven days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia, seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him, 28 crying out, "Men of Israel, help! This is the man who is teaching everyone everywhere against the people and the law and this place. Moreover, he even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place." 29 For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple. - Acts 21:27-29


Up to this word they listened to him. Then they raised their voices and said, "Away with such a fellow from the earth! For he should not be allowed to live." - Acts 22:22


     2.   The Mystery Finds its Fulfillment in the Ministry of Jesus (3:4,6).

remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. - Ephesians 2:12


And he said to me, "You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified."  - Isaiah 49:3


For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. - 2 Corinthians 1:20


Let Israel say, "His steadfast love endures forever."  - Psalm 118:2

1 Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD, give praise, O servants of the LORD,

2 who stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God!

3 Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant!

4 For the LORD has chosen Jacob for himself, Israel as his own possession.  - Psalm 135:1-4


Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! "May they be secure who love you!  - Psalm 122:6


looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, - Hebrews 12:2, 22


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