Humility and Confidence

Ephesians 3:8-12

Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

We see here the humility of Paul. I really doubt God could have used Paul if He hadn’t humbled him first on the road to Damascus. When Paul was hunting down Christians, he was very proud and pompous about the fact that the Pharisees had selected him to do that task. But when he got knocked off his horse and Jesus talked to him, he was indeed humbled. And the humility that he displays here by saying he’s less than the least of all saints should let us know how important humility is. To me, humility is one of the most important attributes we can have as Christians because it makes us teachable and pliable in God’s hands. If we have any pride within us, we will have too many places to do it our own way going to make our own decisions instead of listening to what the Lord wants. If you’re having trouble fulfilling the call of God on your life then I would take a serious look at the level of pride that you still have. Allow God to Humble you.

Paul then relates that he has been given the grace to preach to the Gentiles. This would take a great amount of grace. The Jewish people automatically looked down on the Gentiles as inferior. Paul had to take a whole new attitude in order to make the trips that he did. He also had to convince all of those in Jerusalem that it was the right thing to do. That was not an easy task. But the grace that was upon Paul was so strong and so evident that God could use him in ministering to the Gentiles. He was able to make all men see the fellowship that is in Christ Jesus.
Paul mentions that from the very beginning of the world, God hid this fellowship from everyone else. From the very beginning God intended to save the Gentiles right along with the Jews. He was not about to give up His Son for just the Jewish people. He gave his Son for all mankind. That whosoever believes in Him shall be saved. Jesus Christ is the one who all things were created from. We see in John chapter 1 that in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.  Everything that was made was made by the Word. In Genesis we see that God spoke and the world came into existence. He spoke the Word and the Word is Jesus Christ. Let us never forget that the one who hung on the cross is the same one by whom all things were created!

10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

The intent of Paul’s preaching is that the church might know about the principalities and powers in the heavenly places. As we get further into Ephesians we will see Paul talk about these principalities and powers that we battle against on a regular basis. Most of the battles that we face as Christians are on a spiritual level, not a carnal level. When we approach these battles trying to win them by our own strength, then we are defeated already, because in our own strength we can’t beat those principalities and powers that come against us. But when we rely on God’s strength, then we have his almighty power in the heavenly places on our side. This is why a combination of prayer and praise on a regular basis is so vital to our existence. If we are not allowing the Holy Spirit to reign in our body we are in trouble when we get into a battle
This has been the eternal purpose of God: To bring along a people who are rooted and grounded in Him and who have accepted His Son Jesus Christ as their sacrifice and Lord so that they will understand how to fight the battles. These people will rely on the principalities and powers that are in the heavens.   God purposed this in Jesus Christ long before you and I were born

12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

In Christ we have boldness and access with confidence by faith in him. How confident are you in Christ? He talks about two ways that we should be confident. The first way is with our boldness. We should be confident in our testimony. We should never back away from what God has done for us, and we should take every opportunity to witness that we can find. The world is plenty bold with their stories of despair and heartache and grief. They’re very bold in there swearing and using the Lord’s name in vain. We should be bold in talking about the love of Jesus Christ to the world. And we should be confident in that boldness,  not running away or backing down.
The second way we should be confident is in the access that we have to God through Jesus Christ. We have been given a highway to heaven you might say. We should with confidence  to tell people that we will pray for them, and stop what we’re doing right there and pray for them right now,  not say I’ll pray when I get home. If your prone to forget you should make a note so you remember to pray for them. Make it right in front of them so they know that you’re serious about your prayer life and that you’re confident because you have access to the very throne of God. You’re confident that He will hear your prayer. You’re confident that God will answer your prayer. Your confidence there will be a testimony that will come out of that prayer. Confidence in your access is a great thing. Never forget that you are able to walk into the holy of holies and ask the God of the universe your request because of what Jesus did for you
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