â€œAnd to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.â€ (Ephesians 3:9)
In the context of this verse, Paul is testifying concerning his divine call to preach the gospel, especially proclaiming Godâ€™s great plan to the Gentiles as well as the Jews.
In support of this revolutionary concept, Paul refers to the great fact of creation. All men, and indeed â€œall things,â€ had been created by one God. Furthermore, it was by the Lord Jesus Christ that God had created all things. Before the revelation of this mystery, the Gentiles had been â€œwithout God in the worldâ€ (Ephesians 2:12). The phrase â€œwithout Godâ€ (GreekÂ atheos, from which we get the word â€œatheistâ€) is used only this once in the New Testament, and it indicates plainly the barrenness of all pagan religions. â€œBut now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christâ€ (Ephesians 2:13).
Thus, by Jesus Christ all things were created, and by Jesus Christ â€œall thingsâ€ will be gathered â€œtogether in oneâ€ in the â€œdispensation of the fullness of timesâ€ (Ephesians 1:10). This is all part of the same â€œmystery of his will,â€ according to the preceding verse,Â Ephesians 1:9. In the last chapter, Paul again refers to this now-revealed â€œmysteryâ€ when he urges the Ephesians to pray that he might be able to â€œmake known the mystery of the gospelâ€ (Ephesians 6:19).
Thus the â€œgospel of your salvationâ€ (Ephesians 1:13), which we like Paul are commanded to make known, is the glorious news that Jesus Christ is both Creator and Consummator of all things, and that by His work of salvation all who believe, whether Jews or Gentiles, receive eternal salvation. â€œAll things were created by him,â€ and He has shed His blood â€œto reconcile all things unto himselfâ€ (Colossians 1:16, 20). HMM