Ephesians 3 takes us back to Acts 9 when God encountered Saul of Tarsus. You might remember that Ananias gave Saul his marching orders. Acts 9:15-16 says, “…he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
Ephesians 3:1 says, “For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles.” Verse 6-7 says, “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, of which I became a minister according to the gift of grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.”
We are those Gentiles who have received that gospel! Our lives were indeed transformed. We were alienated, but through believing the gospel we became partakers of His goodness. We have all benefited from Paul’s writings.
Acts 9 started out with Saul ‘breathing out threats and murder’ but God intercepted Saul’s way to redirect him into His way. I love verse 20. It says, “Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.” Verse 21 says that those who heard him were amazed.
We are also called by grace to minister the gospel to others. Paul called it a holy calling in 2 Timothy 1:9. It is only through believing the gospel that inner transformation takes place.
Romans 6:4 described that divine exchange. It says, “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
The same power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead is within us. Just as He gave Paul a ministry of grace, He has given us the same. Let us walk in humility so that His grace empowers us to do what He has called us to do. Each of us is a unique part of His body, supplying gifts of grace to fulfill His purpose for His church on the earth.