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God’s Intention Is an Unfolding Mystery

God’s Intention Is an Unfolding Mystery

The mystery is neither inscrutable nor obvious; it can be known, but only by revelation (3:3)* by the Spirit (v. 5), and requiring special insight (v. 4). The term revelation is essential to our understanding of the inspiration of Scripture. (See notes.) The terminology in verses 3–5 shows something of the process by which God communicates his truth. Not everything God reveals becomes Scripture, but in this case, it has, by divine inspiration. Through revelation, God conveys to humans that which they could not know otherwise. Reciprocally, the recipient is given the insight to understand the disclosure. More
Liefeld, Walter L. Ephesians. Vol. 10. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997. Print. The IVP New Testament Commentary Series.
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