‘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.
LIGHT FOR NOW: Christ’s resurrection and His exaltation are a display of the riches of God’s glory.
The word rich in the Greek scriptures means wealth or abundance of what is given or received. It does not necessarily refer to money. Nonetheless, the Bible acknowledges riches in the context of money and other material valuables. For instance, Christ in His teachings used illustrations and real life scenarios involving the rich to impart vital lessons to His audience including us. ‘And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully’ (Luke 12:16). ‘And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which has a steward …’ (Luke 16:1). Christ, in His observation, noted that Zacchaeus was rich. ‘And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich’ (Luke 19:2). It is obvious that the word rich, resonating in these verses convey the idea of material, physical blessings that can be valued in monetary terms. This is not the type of blessing spoken of in the Epistles! Paul instructed believers not to trust in material riches, but in the living God. He described the riches of this world as ‘uncertain’ (1 Timothy 6:17).
In verse eighteen of first Timothy Chapter 17, Brother Paul encouraged the brethren to be rich in good works. In Ephesians 1:18-22, Paul desired that believers should know and understand the riches of God’s glorious inheritance in the saints. According to the Amplified version of the text, the knowledge will equip the believer to grasp the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us believers, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength, Which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places], Far above all … and he has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church’ (AMP). The resurrection of Christ and His exaltation are a display of the riches of God’s glory. The moment you believe you have this glory.
Thus, the New Testament does not teach riches to mean money or material wealth. Riches as taught in the New Covenant simply refers to salvation! Romans 2:4 says that the riches of his goodness lead to repentance and salvation. The unsearchable riches of God is aimed at enlightening all men and make plain to them what is the plan [regarding the Gentiles and providing for the salvation of all men] … by Christ Jesus’ (Ephesians 3:9 [AMP]). You are rich because you understand, accept and believe God’s provision for salvation.
INSTRUCTION: believe God’s provision for salvation. Believe in Christ!
PRAYER: Lord, I thank you for redeeming me from sin and death, in Jesus name.
QUOTE: A Knowing Man is a Resting Man!
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: LEVITICUS CHAPTER 26; EVENING: 2 CORINTHIANS. CHAPTER 6