To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,
For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!
that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,
Then David the king went in and sat before the LORD and said, "Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my house that You have brought me this far?
"But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given You.
How great is Your goodness, Which You have stored up for those who fear You, Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You, Before the sons of men!
Surely I am more stupid than any man, And I do not have the understanding of a man.
So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.
But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel;
Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?
But I have written very boldly to you on some points so as to remind you again, because of the grace that was given me from God,
But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,
but just as it is written, "THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM."
to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood,
(for He who effectually worked for Peter in his apostleship to the circumcised effectually worked for me also to the Gentiles),
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace
so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace which was given to me for you;
and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf and for those who are at Laodicea, and for all those who have not personally seen my face,
even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief;
It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.
For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.
I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.