The glory of the mystery is right here: out of weakness comes strength! And when Paul could honestly say of himself, “I am less than the least of all the saints,” this was when he was able to describe a fantastically active ministry. In these next verses it is set forth in beautiful terms:
Yes, to me, less than the least of all Christians, has God given this grace, to enable me to proclaim to the Gentiles the incalculable riches of Christ, and to make plain to all men the meaning of that secret which he who created everything in Christ has kept hidden from the creation until now. The purpose is that all the angelic powers should now see the complex wisdom of God’s plan being worked out through the Church, in conformity to that timeless purpose which he centred in Jesus, our Lord (Ephesians 3:8-10)
What he is saying is that his ministry had a fantastic effect, and it was threefold in its dimensions: First, there was the discovery by those who heard him preach the unsearchable riches in Christ. He was saying that the first effect of the ministry of the gospel is the enrichment of life right now, where we live and play. Wherever Paul preached, hearts were changed, hurts were healed, families restored, the bad habits of a lifetime were broken, and joy and hope and love and peace began to come into people’s lives. Every place he went, Paul formed colonies of whole persons, of healed people who were rejoicing in an incredible sense of liberty and freedom in Christ. Those are the unsearchable riches of Christ, right now — not in heaven someday but right now! The same thing is happening today.
There are still unsearchable riches of Christ today. How many thousands, even millions, living today are experiencing these riches? How many rights in our congregations could stand and tell of enormous enrichment of life! That is a part of the unsearchable riches of Jesus Christ, as the glory of this great mystery breaks upon human hearts and people begin to discover how life was meant to be lived in the first place. The story can never be fully told until we get to glory. Only then will we ever know anything of the incredible depths of the riches of Jesus Christ.
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