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Out of Our League

November 27, 2011

1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— 2 if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you; 3 that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. 4 By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; 6 to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, 7 of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power. 8 To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things; 10 so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him. Ephesians 3:1-12

What is God’s “grace-gift” to me? What ability has been installed by God’s power and is sustained by his energy? Who are the objects of this gift? It must be for the benefit of someone!

In Paul’s case it was for the Gentiles, and ultimately for the angels (both good and bad!) looking on “in the heavenly places” (Eph. 3:10). This was God’s “eternal purpose” for Paul, and the same would hold true for me with my “grace-gift” (Eph. 2:10), albeit on a smaller scale. But perhaps not!

All actions sparked and performed using God’s grace-gift are on the same order of those wrought by the most eminent Apostles, because the same purpose and power behind them is behind me!

This is an argument from the greater to the lesser, but we’re all authorized to barge in on God! (Eph. 3:12) Too, the Apostle Paul calls himself “the very least of all the saints.” What?

Whatever, we’ve got the power.

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