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;Ephesians 3:8
A few weeks ago a Bible reading plan I followed with others at Bedford Bible Church took us through Ephesians 3. Verse 8 hit a chord with me then and today God has reminded me of it once more.
Next Sunday morning I will be preaching from Mark 3:13-19 which on the surface of it looks like just a list of names. It is a passage I have preached on before and one I thought I knew.
But as I read it through, prayed, and studied this morning, I saw things I have never seen or understood before. It is a simple passage. It is a familiar passage. But it is the Living Word of God and therefore contains the unsearchable riches of Christ. This brought me back to thinking again of Ephesians 3:8.
Paul has been explaining what God had called him to do, and it was to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ!
Unsearchable, in verse 8, means something impossible to understand, impossible to plot or trace the end of. It makes me think of walking along a path and at each turn there is some new beauty, distant mountains, deep valleys, trees and flowers, birds and their songs, each distinct and yet working together to form something as a whole that they do not achieve on their own.
The unsearchable riches of Christ are the Gospel, the truths about Him, they are who He is, they are our relationship with Him, the blessings He brings and the whole spectrum of His condescending to call us His children.
George MacDonald makes this statement which I think is both accurate and challenging,
“Man finds it hard to get what he wants, because he does not want the best; God finds it hard to give, because He would give the best, and man will not take it.” – George MacDonaldGeorge MacDonald
God’s unsearchable riches are on offer, will you receive them?