“To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.” Ephesians 3:8
I am amazed by the fact the apostle Paul penned these words while sitting in a prison cell in Rome. When we visited Rome in 1992 we saw the cell Paul may have been kept in. I remember walking down a set of stairs into an underground area and seeing how the cells had been hewn out of stone. They were dark, damp and cold. When I walked into one of the cells I had to bend down because of how low the ceiling was. I noticed a hole in the ceiling and was told the guards would use this hole to not only lower down food and water to the prisoners, but also to urinate on the prisoners. Needless to say, the living conditions seemed unbearable, but as I knelt in that cell I could picture Paul sitting in the corner with a candle and a blanket, writing to his friends in Ephesus about all the things the Lord revealed to him about Christ and the church.
This Sunday we are beginning the book of Ephesians. We have titled this series “Salvation Unveiled” because of the many truths about our salvation that are unveiled in this letter, like the “unsearchable riches of Christ.” When Paul learned the Christians in Ephesus were living like paupers, his heart broke. In order to open their eyes to the reality of what they had in Christ, Paul wrote, “Through Christ you share the riches of His grace, the riches of His glory, the riches of His mercy and the rest of His unsearchable riches.”
The truth is, many Christians are still living like paupers today, despite what Paul unveiled in his letter to the Ephesians. They aren’t experiencing the benefits of the riches they have in Christ. Join us Sunday morning as we open Ephesians 1:1-3 where we’ll discover that the riches in Christ don’t merely make us rich, they make us “Really Rich”.
God bless you all and hope to see you there!