8 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; 9 And 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 Christ Jesus: 10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Eph. 3:8-11
So much to contemplate here, so I will make this post a series.
Notice, first, how Paul perceived himself.
“Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given…”
This was no false humility. This was Paul! Paul dared not consider himself anything above what he states here. “The least of all the saints…” he said of himself. Such humility simply takes your breathe away.
And yet, unbeknown to us, God through Paul was stating exactly who He gives His grace to. The Apostle James put it out in black and white.
“God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” (Jam. 4:6)
Let a man not just mouth the words, but let him live that life, and God has material to work with. And, y’know, people think that where the big crowds are, that’s where God is at. Oh, please! No one could possibly pull in bigger crowds than the devil. The Bible tells us that “many” there be that follow the way that leadeth to destruction (Mat. 7:13). If we are talking about a mega-church, the devil has the largest.
On the other hand, “few” find the way to eternal life.
The Church, Christ’s Bride, His Body, is like a diamond. Rare. And the men whom God puts in charge of His Church are even rarer. God cannot give anything but His best for His Church. The men whom God has put on earth to birth and nurture the Church are therefore the best of the best. They are called apostles.
The Bible firmly declares,
“And God hath set some in the church, first apostles…” (1 Cor. 12:28)
The apostles are the best of the best.
That is why the Apostle Paul could make such a claim:
“Unto me… is this grace given”.
Ha! Simply because he was the best. And Christ gives His Body, the Church, the best.
[“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” – Eph. 5:25]