"Least of All the Saints..."
“Least of All the Saints…”
Paul was a minister, a proclaimer of the gospel according to God’s grace.
God’s power worked through him.
The Lord does the same for us.
Paul gives us more insight to what the Lord had done/was going in him.
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,
9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things,
10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
Note how Paul calls himself the least of the saints.
There is an interesting progression in the life of Belief in Paul in the manner in which he describes himself.
To the Galatians, some 15 years after he was saved, he described himself as the “equal of the apostles”. Galatians 2. True.
To the Corinthians, some 5 years later, he described himself as the “least of the apostles.” 1 Cor. 15:9. True.
To the Ephesians, some 5 years later, “least of the saints”. Eph 3: 8. True
To Timothy, some 5 years later and nearing the end of life, “chief of sinners”, 1 Tim. 1:15. True.
All of these were true and accurate…
Least of apostles.
Least of saints.
Chief of sinners.
Was Paul “getting worse” as he was growing older?
May it never be.
It was simply the growing awareness of who he was…who we are...without the Most High God.
We will cover the balance of the passage next time.
For today, reflect and rejoice in who you are in the Most High.
Give no ear to the lies of the evil one.
Listen to the Truth of the Holy One.