Your ministry is to walk in good works.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.”
God created a new order of mankind in Christ Jesus.
By His grace, God made us alive together with Messiah.
1 You were made alive when you were dead in transgressions and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience. 3 We also all once lived among them in the lusts of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Messiah—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Messiah Yeshua, 7 that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Messiah Yeshua; 8 for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, that no one would boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:1-10
The mystery of Messiah – One new man
God’s plan of salvation was a mystery, especially to the Jews. The New Testament was not yet written, so they had never read the gospel of the kingdom (Luke 24:44-48) and only a few knew the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection (Acts 2; 1 Cor 15).
Paul wrote Ephesians to Gentiles as most of us are. The Jews in that
time regarded Gentiles with scorn as uncircumcised heathen – goyim. But God created us in Messiah Yeshua as a new order of mankind and thus reconciled us both.
11 Therefore remember that once you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “uncircumcision” by that which is called “circumcision” (in the flesh, made by hands), 12 that you were at that time separate from Messiah, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Messiah Yeshua you who once were far off are made near in the blood of Messiah. 14 For he is our peace, who made both one, and broke down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in his flesh the hostility, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man of the two, making peace, 16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, having killed the hostility through it.
17 He came and preached peace to you who were far off and to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones [saints] and of the household of God, 20 being built on the foundation of the emissaries and prophets, Messiah Yeshua himself being the chief cornerstone; 21 in whom the whole building, fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22 in whom you also are built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit. Ephesians 2:11-22
Thus Paul revealed the mystery of God’s new order of mankind created in Christ Jesus to do good works and walk in them.
Paul’s stewardship of the truth
1 For this reason I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles– 2 if, that is, you have heard of the work which God has graciously entrusted to me for your benefit, 3 and that by a revelation the truth hitherto kept secret was made known to me as I have already briefly explained it to you. 4 By means of that explanation, as you read it, you can judge of my insight into the truth of Christ 5 which in earlier ages was not made known to the human race, as it has now been revealed to His holy Apostles and Prophets through the Spirit– 6 I mean the truth that the Gentiles are joint heirs with us Jews, and that they form one body with us, and have the same interest as we have in the promise which has been made good in Christ Jesus through the Good News, 7 in which I have been appointed to serve, in virtue of the work which God, in the exercise of His power within me, has graciously entrusted to me. 8 To me who am less than the least of all God’s people has this work been graciously entrusted–to proclaim to the Gentiles the Good News of the exhaustless wealth of Christ, 9 and to show all men in a clear light what my stewardship is. It is the stewardship of the truth which from all the Ages lay concealed in the mind of God, the Creator of all things– 10 concealed in order that the Church might now be used to display to the powers and authorities in the heavenly realms the innumerable aspects of God’s wisdom. 11 Such was the eternal purpose which He had formed in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have this bold and confident access through our faith in Him. 13Therefore I entreat you not to lose heart in the midst of my sufferings on your behalf, for they bring you honour. 14 For this reason, on bended knee I beseech the Father, 15 from whom the whole family in Heaven and on earth derives its name, 16 to grant you–in accordance with the wealth of His glorious perfections–to be strengthened by His Spirit with power penetrating to your inmost being. Ephesians 3
17 I pray that Christ may make His home in your hearts through your faith; so that having your roots deep and your foundations strong, in love, you may become mighty to grasp the idea, 18 as it is grasped by all God’s people, of the breadth and length, the height and depth–19 yes, to attain to a knowledge of the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ, so that you may be made complete in accordance with God’s own standard of completeness. Ephesians 3
To God be the glory
20 Now to Him who, in exercise of His power that is at work within us, is able to do infinitely beyond all our highest prayers or thoughts—21 to Him be the glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, world without end! Amen. Ephesians 3