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Ephesians 3:6 – All Are Fellow-heirs In Christ

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Ephesians 3:1-7
1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have heard of the
dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
3
How that by revelation he
made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 
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Whereby, when ye read, ye may
understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
5 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; 6
That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 7 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.”

We are zeroing in on verse 6 here in Ephesians. However, translators have made this one sentence and it’s hard to interpret a fragment of a sentence. Paul was telling the Ephesians that he had been called by Jesus Himself to bring to the Gentiles the message of grace. This had been a mystery but now has been revealed to men and specifically to him. At the time this was very important. The Jewish believers tried to keep this mystery of grace from the Gentiles. Jesus intervened to show that this message of grace was for everyone who would accept it.

We are all fellow-heirs together. “16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. (Romans 8:16-17) We all are joint-heirs with Christ. Every believer is a heir with Christ. No one is excluded.

We are all one body—the body of Christ. There are no longer Jewish believers and Gentile believers. Every believer is in the same body. There is only one body. “But now are they many members, yet but one body.” (1 Corinthians 12:20)

And we are partakers, co-participants in the promise of the salvation to all men through this wonderful message of grace. You and I, and every believer are as fellow-heirs. We are all in this together in Christ.