Ephesians 3:7–13 (ESV)
The Mystery of the Gospel Revealed
7 Of this gospel, I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. 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. 11 This
was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. 13 So
I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.
One of the biggest treats to me when I became a Lutheran was to look at
the Bible through a different lens… a different perspective. I get excited when I read the Bible through the Lutheran lens. Verse 7 comes ALIVE! It is so easy to miss, but look at “Who” is doing the work in verse 7.
“7 Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power.” Was it Paul who made himself a minister or was it God?
“I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power.” It was God who was working on Paul. Paul was not a self-made man. He is a God-made man. The Gospel is about
what God has done and is doing for us!
I pray: O Lord, you have given me faith, forgiveness, restoration, eternal life, and salvation. I repent and
want to do better. Guide me to your kingdom. Amen.