Yesterday, Paul reminded us of our state of sinfulness before knowing Christ in Ephesians 2:1-3. In today’s verses, Paul brings us hope that through the mercy of God we were not left in that horrible state, BUT GOD! We can be totally encouraged by our present and future! Ephesians 2:4-7 “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
Wow!!! In His mercy, God intervened and sent Jesus to die for our sins and be raised from the dead. Through His act of love, He offered salvation through faith in Jesus. It was totally God. He alone could save us from our sin, and we did or can do nothing to earn His love. We can’t be good enough or work hard enough to make God love or save us- it is solely through His grace- God’s unmerited favor towards us. Paul tells us God’s plans did not stop with salvation, but He desires to have us dwell with Him in eternity in heavenly places so He can show us His amazing grace and kindness up close and personal. Amazing!
I am so thankful that God intervened. Romans 5:8 confirms this truth “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Sinful man would be a hopelessly lost but for God. Does that fact make you thankful? Do you feel loved by God? Can you feel the grace of Jesus in your life? John 1:14, 16 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.”
Through the power of Jesus’ indwelling Holy Spirit, we are filled with His grace each day. Live today like you believe you are filled with His grace and love. Look for His gracious hand of protection and favor as you go through this day. When you see it or feel it, raise your voice in praise to Him! You will be amazed by God’s grace and love.