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The Grace Station Podcast Episode 1

Welcome to Episode 1 of The Grace Station Podcast.

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In this episode, I discuss the first few words of Paul’s letters to the Ephesians, Colossians, and Philippians.  I focus on the importance of understanding the word saints – and our identity in Christ.

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Thoughts On Ephesians 3:8

I have always been fascinated with Ephesians 3:8

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 (KJV)

Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ. (NLT)
Here’s Paul – PAUL – and He uses the phrase “less than the least of all saints” to describe… himself!
Let that sink in.
Paul wrote half of the New Testament.  Paul carried the message of Jesus throughout the Roman empire.  Paul was beaten, stoned, and left for dead.  Paul went to prison.  Paul was THE man.
Yet, Paul maintained a spirit of real humility.
How is this possible?  When comparing himself to others, no doubt, Paul could have pulled the “do you know who I am?” card.
Instead, he imitated Christ, becoming of “no reputation” and chose to serve, rather than to be served.
Paul’s motivation – I think it was his sole (soul?) motivation?
It was grace.
He spent his life – preaching it, living it, giving it, sharing it – because He had received it!
No matter the situation, or the time in his life, or the reason for any particular letter, Paul always focused on the grace of God.
Sure, he had to write about other topics, settle a few disputes, correct a few errors – but he always circled around to the “main thing” – grace.
I love this verse.  It’s so cool.
Paul, once a Pharisee, enamored with the law, steeped in tradition, and filled with hate – is saved by grace.  Then God allows Paul the great privilege – to share that same grace – with the world!
Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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