Experiencing Christ

The Dispensing of the Father’s Riches

Eph 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you, the Gentiles– (2) If indeed you have heard of the stewardship of the grace of God which was given to me for you,

The Greek word translated “stewardship” in verse 2 is oikonomia [where we get the word “economy”]. According to ancient usage, oikonomia denoted a stewardship, a dispensation, or an administration. At the time of Paul, many rich families had stewards whose responsibility was to distribute food and other necessities to members of the household. Our Father has a great family, a divine household. Because our Father has such vast riches, there is the need in His household for many stewards to dispense these riches to His children. This dispensing is the stewardship. Hence, a stewardship is a dispensation….

The stewardship of the grace is the dispensing of the riches of Christ. [The riches of Christ include His life, love, joy, righteousness, and much more.] According to the context of chapter three, grace refers to the riches of Christ. When the riches of Christ are enjoyed by you, they become grace. Paul’s ministry was to dispense the riches of Christ as grace to the believers. A stewardess on an airplane dispenses food to the passengers; she does not dispense information on how to cook. Likewise, the Apostle Paul dispensed the riches of Christ to the saints. This is what we are doing in the ministry today.

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