3 ways the Apostle Paul described himself

December 10th, 2013

I was thinking about the Apostle Paul the other day and how he described himself. For someone who planted many of the churches mentioned in the New Testament and wrote a big chunk of the New Testament letters, it is a fairly sober opinion.

1. The least of all the Apostles

1 Corinthians 15:9 – For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

2. Less than the least of all the Lord’s people

Ephesians 3:8 – Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ

3. The worst of sinners

1 Timothy 1:15 – Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.

The thing I find most interesting about this is the date the words were written. 1 Corinthians was approx 55 AD, Ephesians 60-62 AD and 1 Timothy 63 AD.

For most of us as we age we get more confident in ourselves and our achievements. And sometimes our opinion of ourselves gets puffed up. Not so for the Apostle Paul.

Paul seemed to understand God’s grace and the work that Christ did on the cross. He also seemed to understand that all he did was a result of Christ working in his life. It was nothing he could boast in or get puffed up about.

If someone who achieved as much as the Apostle Paul did could still describe himself as the least of the Apostles, the least of God’s people and the worst of sinners, we have nothing to get puffed up about.

Let’s all purpose in our hearts to have a sober opinion of ourselves and see ourselves in light of all Christ has done and is doing in our lives.

God Bless,