Paul’s Credentials

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Eph 1:1. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus.

Notice here that Paul presents himself as “an apostle by the will of God.” In the book of Romans, he started by saying, “Paul, a bond slave of Jesus Christ, called an apostle.” In Ephesians, we see the sovereign will of a sovereign God being very prominent.

Now in Gal 1:1-24 and in 1Ti 1:1-20, he writes a little more in detail concerning his call as an apostle. He was called by a risen Christ, and He’s called by the commandment of God.

It’s an amazing thing that his command, his authority is from God. In fact, I would say that his message to us is dependent upon his authority as an apostle. If he is not a real apostle of the risen Son of God, then his message has no authority.

We see that the source of blessing is from the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Here in the very introduction of the epistle we are immediately ushered into the presence of God the Father and God the Son.

May you today revel not only in His grace, not only in the peace He gives, but may we revel conti­nually in the presence of God, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ.

Isn’t it a wonderful thing that the source of all blessing is from the God and Father of our Lord Je­sus Christ?

 

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