Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus

1PAUL, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints which are in Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus. [1]


Ephesians 1:1

 

Paul, an apostolos, a man set aside, consecrated and dedicated to the ministry of the gospel of Christ, writes for the edification of the saints in Ephesus.

 

According to Charles Ellicott (1819–1905), bishop of Gloucester, who was and is still considered by many to be theologian to the theologians regarding Paul’s epistles says, “In Paul’s mind, his calling as apostle was simply of possession, in reference to the Master whose servant and minister he was.” [2] I find this to be fascinating, for according to Ellicott, Paul’s attitude was not that he was simply selected for a job or a task, but that he was a possession, a slave or doúlos of his master. This impresses me, for by this glimpse into the mind of Paul, we see that although a pastor may be a teacher or leader of men, he is foremost a servant and possession of Christ.

 

This makes perfect sense to me. For you see, Paul, just as you and me, was bought – purchased for a price, the precious blood of our savior Jesus Christ.[3] Paul knew and felt a deep sense of duty and possession by realizing the cost and price that was paid for his soul. It is through this same realization that he says on the Damascus road, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” [4] and by which he received his call to be apostolos.

 

I once read a story about a man in a restaurant. The man, choking on a chicken bone, grabbed his throat and fell to the floor. From five tables over a doctor stood up, ran to the scene, and quickly dislodged the bone. “Doctor, what do I owe you?” asked the man.

 

“Whatever you thought it was worth when you were choking,” replied the doctor.[5]

 

So, too, when we realize the price He paid to save us when we were choking on sin and headed for eternal damnation, that will be day our walk – our relationship and love for the lord will change.  In considering the apostles attitude, I wonder, do I live each day with the same realization of the price that was paid for me? Do I have that same sense of possession Paul knew?

 

In this day and age which we live, we so quickly resist any sense of obligation and commitment although the Word of God shows us differently. It is our Heavenly Father’s desire and plan for us to repent of our old attitude and nature and cultivate this same attitude which was in the apostle Paul. It is God’s plan for us to be people who rather than resist the plan of commitment and possession by our Lord, would welcome it and find comfort and peace in it. May we allow the Holy Spirit to minister to us and cultivate right attitudes within us today.

 

1 Of Christ Jesus] Of * Jesus Christ, Auth. In Ephesus] At Ephesus, Auth. and all the other Vv.

[1]Ellicott, C. J. (2008). St. Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians : With a critical and grammatical commentary, and a revised translation.

[2]Ellicott, C. J. (2008). St. Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians : With a critical and grammatical commentary, and a revised translation.

[3] 1 Corinthians 6:20, 7:23

[4] Acts 9:6

[5] Reader’s Digest


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