A Note from our Pastor:
“Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;”Ephesians 3:8
Good Morning Dearly Beloved,
The Apostle Paul’s ministry was unique in many ways. He was an apostle out of due season, he had previously persecuted his audience, he was persecuted without mercy himself, and more. However, one of the most unique things about the Apostle’s ministry was that he was told with definition who his target audience was supposed to be. He was to preach until the Gentiles.
Most of us, whether ordained as elders or not, are not given that clear a picture of where our ministry is supposed to go and who we are supposed to minister to. We pray about it, we try to listen to the Lord, and we hope that our ministering reaches those that need it most. But at some level, we are required to work on faith rather than knowledge of our target.
Because the Apostle was not starting from the same place with his ministry, it allowed him to have an extra measure of boldness. It would allow him to speak pointedly to the Galatians about their departure, it would allow him to be bold in Philippians 4 about the need to rejoice, and it would allow him to develop young ministers that would follow in his path. Knowing his target audience shaped the ministry of the Apostle.
The fact that he knew his intended audience and the boldness that gave him in declaring the gospel is going to be evidenced in the remaining portion of this chapter. The Apostle is going to focus heavily on what gift they have been given and how they should respond to that gift. His boldness is going to be conveyed through the way he teaches his message.
Finally, in this verse the Apostle points to what is almost an oxymoron. He tells his audience that he is going to preach unto them something that is unsearchable. He is going to tell them about the riches of Christ but that those riches are beyond measure. The beauty of this statement is that prior to the teachings of Paul and others, the Gentiles did not have access to the teachings of God. His promises and covenants really were unsearchable for them as they were not the recipients of those things. Now Paul has come to declare them with boldness and love.
How thankful we should be today that the unsearchable riches of Christ Jesus have been made known unto us in some small measure and that we can rejoice in them.
Our Prayers are with you daily,