“Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.” [Ephesians 3:8]
This was the verse-of-the-day that was dropped into my email inbox one day this week. It is from Paul the Apostle’s letter to the church at Ephesus. It is one of his later letters, which we find are far weightier than some of the earlier ones. We are going to study this letter at The Way Assembly in Middleton, along with Colossians, Philippians and Philemon this coming fall. Thus, the verse caught my attention, especially that small phrase, “unsearchable riches of Christ.”
Have you ever searched for anything? The other day I lost the magnetic sunglasses that came with my regular glasses. Searched everywhere and found them buried in my purse (don’t ask). When I think about searching for something, I also remember the time we went clamming on the beach in California. We had to stomp on the sand and watch for a small waterspout to shoot up and then rush over and start digging with shovels as the clam burrowed deeper and deeper out of our reach.
That’s not the idea Paul is presenting with the phrase “unsearchable riches of Christ.” God has not spirited away and buried those riches so we can’t find them. Neither is He moving them out of our reach constantly. These riches are unsearchable in the sense they are inexhaustible. We keep uncovering more and more as we search. The supply of riches in Christ Jesus never runs out, will never run out. I think we will be discovering wonderful riches in Christ throughout eternity. Hallelujah!