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  • Alan Fong

Paul the Prisoner

Today’s Verse:

For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, ~Ephesians 3:1

Would you listen to the words of a prisoner? When we think of a prisoner, we might tend to think of a criminal who has been incarcerated. We might question the credibility of the prisoner and disregard what he says or be very skeptical. However, we hear the words this morning of “Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ.” He is not a prisoner for breaking the law, but for the advancement of the gospel message. He is in the right place at the right time by the Lord’s doing. Let us consider the words of the Lord’s prisoner.

We see the assignment.

“Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.” When the Lord saved Paul, He gave him his assignment at the same time. Paul was made a preacher, an apostle, and a servant of our Lord Jesus Christ. He received a divine call by the Lord. The Lord makes no mistakes in whom He calls. The gifts and calling of God are without repentance. He was the Lord’s servant, irrespective of location or circumstance. Paul could address the believers at Ephesus with confidence and credibility because of his calling.

We see the ambition.

“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.” Most prisoners have the ambition to get out of prison. Paul saw his imprisonment as a stepping stone to share the gospel. First, we see Paul’s humility. He considered himself the least of all saints. In another place, he called himself the chief of si