When writing to the Ephesians, Paul understood that his readers would be distraught that he was imprisoned. Because of this, he reminded them of God’s purpose revealed in time through Jesus, the privilege of the Christian to boldly and confidently come to Christ, and his perspective that this present suffering was for their glory. Alistair Begg guides listeners to take heed of Paul’s words and frame our view of time and history through the revelation of Jesus Christ, to confidently approach Him, and trust that even in suffering God’s eternal purposes are being worked out in Christ.
11This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. 13So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.
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