First Reading: Enter
As you read this passage of scripture for the first time you are simply “entering in” or familiarizing yourself with what God is saying here. Notice the circumstances, people, places, etc.
Paul talks about being a prisoner. He wrote this book while under house arrest in Rome as he awaits trial for sharing his faith (probably a two year time period). House arrest generally meant he had a 24 hour guard in the home and was allowed visitors. He wrote four books while in Rome: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon (called the “Prison Epistles”).
He mentions that his purpose is to preach to the Gentiles, but he also mentions the Jews. He again brings up all three persons of the Trinity: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (3 chapters now in a row). He mentions the church.
Enjoy reading Ephesians chapter 3 this week! I’m enjoying reading your comments and learning from you all.