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What does Unsearchable mean in the unsearchable riches of Christ? Ephesians 3:8
A couple of the literal versions give a clearer meaning to the word. ◄ 421. anexichniastos.
Translated more accurately as untraceable.
Literal Standard Version
to me—the less than the least of all the holy ones—was given this grace, among the nations to proclaim good news—the untraceable riches of the Christ,
Young's Literal Translation
to me -- the less than the least of all the saints -- was given this grace, among the nations to proclaim good news -- the untraceable riches of the Christ,
Strong's Concordance anexichniastos: that cannot be traced out.
aneksixníastos (literally, "not able to trace the steps of") – properly, impossible to "track" ("trace the steps of");
In other words, the riches of Christ, that are being revealed in scripture now in Ephesians have never been seen in the old testament scriptures. There is no trace of them.
- Are these riches of Christ "unsearchable" to all people or just some?
Using the term, untraceable riches of Christ are written about in Ephesians and Colossians. However, to understand and perceive them, Paul prays for God to give the saints a spirit of wisdom and revelation, and to have their eyes of their heart opened .
Perhaps these are some of the things that apostle Peter had a hard time understanding.
2 Are all "riches of Christ" unsearchable or just some of them?
Some of the riches of Christ, are traceable throughout the old testament scriptures.
- Can these riches of Christ ever be described, discovered, understood or experienced?
Yes, the riches that Paul is describing in Ephesians are the untraceable ones.They are described throughout the book of Ephesians, as well as in Colossians.
Yes, they can be understood in spirit, but will not experience some of the reality of these riches, (Christ's allotment among the saints) until actually being raised into celestial realm in the coming eons.
Yes, they can be understood, and perceived. Christ had revealed these riches to the apostle Paul through Revelation, and now he prays that the Saints will understand these transcendent blessings as well.
Paul prays for those in the faith, to have a Spirit of Revelation.
making mention of you in my prayers, 17that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of the glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the recognition of Him, 18the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, for your knowing what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the holy ones, Ephesians 1:18
If riches of Christ can be understood in what way are they unsearchable?
The untraceable riches of Christ can be perceived through the spirit as they are now revealed and traceable only in the Apostle Paul's letters written to the nations.
It does take a spirit of wisdom and revelation, in the realization of Him, the eyes of your heart, having been enlightened, for you to perceive what is the expectation of his calling, and with the riches of the glory of the enjoyment of his allotment among the saints. Ephesians
"The untraceable riches of Christ include celestial honors, which were not revealed before. His earthly riches can be traced throughout the previous Hebrew and Greek Scriptures. He was to be king of Israel and the ruler of the whole earth. But now we know of heavenly honors, which were here hid from us before. These are revealed at the same time that the heavenly's destiny of the body of Christ is disclosed, for it is necessary that He should have the highest place in heaven, before we would be associated with him and it's administration." Concordant, literal commentary
And to enlighten all as to the secret administration, which has been concealed from the eons in God, Ephesians 3:9
There is revealed a brand new administration that will be taking place in the celestial realm in the coming eons. This secret had never been revealed before, until Paul penned about it in Ephesians. Up until then only Israel, the chosen nation to be a light to the nations on earth, with Christ as their King. There is now revealed another administration in the heavenly realm where Christ is the head of the body of Christ.
You'll find no trace of this secret, Christs riches to the body of Christ, in the OT scripture, that's what makes it untraceable. It was concealed in God. But now it has been revealed in the very next verse.
Also to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. Ephesians 3:9
These are some of Christ's untraceable riches being explained.
and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things,
and to make all men see what is the dispensation of the mystery which from all ages hath been hid in God who created all things;
So, in conclusion, the untraceable riches has now been revealed through Paul's Ephesians epistle. It does take God's Spirit of wisdom to be imparted to understand and perceive these riches for Him to open the eyes of the hearts of the saints to grasp these transcendent blessings that are revealed for the body of Christ. These riches are not for the world at large, but the spirits whom we wrestle against certainly are aware of them.