Eph. 3:8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,
This verse is amazing to me. First, Paul calls himself the least of all Christians. Now remember, this is not just Paul but the inspired Word of God. How could arguably the greatest of all Christians be considered the worst? Paul persecuted the followers of Jesus. Paul was responsible for the death of the first Christian martyr, Steven. It doesn’t get any lower than that. That’s why Paul called himself the chief of sinners. Then, Paul was called to open up the gentile world to the gospel. He was called not only to do this with his missionary journeys, but also he was set apart to write most of the New Testament. Pretty amazing! Now this is where it gets really good. His message was a revelation of Jesus Himself, Paul called it the unsearchable riches of Christ. Beginning at his conversion on the Damascus Road, the Lord unveiled Himself to Paul for our sake. His message was the amazing, untraceable treasures of Christ. Here is how Adam Clarke describes it.
“The unsearchable riches of Christ. The word exicniaz, to trace out, from a step, is exceedingly well chosen here: it refers to the footsteps of God, the plans he had formed, the dispensations which he had published, and the innumerable providences which he had combined, to prepare, mature, and bring to full effect and view his gracious designs in the salvation of a ruined world, by the incarnation, passion, death, and resurrection of his Son. There were in these schemes and providences such riches — such an abundance, such a variety, as could not be comprehended even by the naturally vast, and, through the Divine inspiration, unparalleledly capacious mind of the apostle.”
Once we are born again we begin to be drawn into Paul’s, Christ centered world. Our hearts long for Christ who we meet in Paul’s letters. In them we taste His love, we are dazed by His grace, overwhelmed by His glory, and captured by His sovereign plans. The more we search, the more amazed we become. We are convicted of our sins, shocked by our apathy, and then challenged to draw near by the blood of Jesus. As we draw in closer, we hear Paul’s words to his son in the faith Timothy, “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands”. Stir up His gift and you will be searching for the untraceable riches of Christ.