Thoughts From Ephesians – Number 10

With Christ, We Are Spiritually Alive (Eph. 2:4-7)

In  Ephesians 2:4-7 Paul describes the  character of God, and the work of Christ. It is the  “after” picture as a  result of  God’s gift.  “But God…”  starts  off the   text.  This is in contrast to the  previous  verses. Praise  God that the text of Paul’s teachings  did  not  end  with verse 3.

“God is  rich in Mercy.” The  Old Testament describes God as  rich in  faithful love,(Psalm 103:8), as One  who delights in faithful love (Micah 7:18). The  word  “rich” denotes that God never  runs out of  mercy.

Guy Orbison, Jr. writes, “Because  of His Great  Love with  which  He loved us” employs the  agape term for  love which  carries no emotional aspect but means  to see the highest good in the object  of love and to treat  people better than they  deserve.” 

God showed this great  love when we were in our  sins. Romans  5:8 reads, “But God demonstrates His own love  toward us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” We have  been made alive in Christ.  Paul says that we have  been seated  with Christ in the  heavenly places.  That  reminds us of Eph. 1:3 where we  have  been  promised   all blessing  in Christ.

The  final  work of grace in verse  7 is future oriented. The reason  God has  showed  us such  grace is so that we might be  the  demonstration of His grace forever.  Ponder the  idea of grace for  “ages to come. Instead of wrath we have  everlasting grace.

-Larry Miles, May 1, 2015 in Mangum, OK



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