Ephesians 3:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Ephesians 3:8, NIV: Although I am less than the least of all the Lord's people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ,

Ephesians 3:8, ESV: To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,

Ephesians 3:8, KJV: 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, NASB: To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,

Ephesians 3:8, NLT: 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.

Ephesians 3:8, CSB: This grace was given to me--the least of all the saints--to proclaim to the Gentiles the incalculable riches of Christ,

What does Ephesians 3:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul did not feel entitled to the position of apostle. He called himself "the very least of all the saints." In no small part, this is because of his life prior to conversion. Then, he persecuted the church of Christ as Saul of Tarsus (Acts 9:1–9). Despite his past, Paul noted that he had been specifically appointed by God. He did not ask for his calling, but received it by grace similarly to receiving salvation by grace through faith. His calling was to minister to Gentiles (non–Jews) about the gospel of Christ.

Paul refers to part of his message as "unsearchable riches" of Christ. Paul uses similar wording in Romans 11:33 to describe the unsearchable judgments of God. In short, God's ways are beyond our understanding. His riches are beyond the human ability to search or examine. Paul's wording again emphasizes that fact that his ministry is from God, rather than his own design. He could not and would not have chosen his exact path. Yet, God had a purpose in calling Paul which changed countless lives.