Here in the early part of chapter 3 we sense that Paul is feeling overwhelmed at the privilege he has been given to be a messenger of the Good News of what God had done through sending Jesus into the world. He uses very diminutive language as he says, 'though I am less than the least of all the Lord's people, this grace was given to me...' His privilege was to preach to the Gentiles (the nations) the boundless riches of Jesus, a mystery which was kept hidden for ages past, but now has been revealed. In reading this language, one really senses Paul expressing what a privilege it is to be a messenger of such a Good News story! May we also stand in awe of the clarity of the message and may we too feel privileged to participate in the same Good News as a part of the Church which displays the manifold (many-sided) wisdom of God (v. 10-11). May this sense of privilege provoke in us a response of praise and obedience.
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