Ephesians 2:5b –7

In Ephesians 2:5b –7 Paul continues to teach us the amazing plan God has for our future to give us a hope and a way to get to eternal life with Him. That plan is Jesus, based on His never ending mercy and love. Paul makes clear that God’s motivation is grace. “….by grace you have been saved….”

And what is grace? Here’s an acrostic I like to use to define it:

  • God’s
  • Riches
  • At
  • Christ’s
  • Expense

Grace is all about God’s work and in no way has anything to do with what we do beyond accepting this give. Our salvation – our rescue – from spiritual death is God’s work done for the undeserving. And the result of that grace is overwhelming. “….and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus….” This is the present position of the Christ Follower. We have a new place for living, a new arena of existence – we are not those who dwell on the earth but our citizenship is in heaven. This earth is not our home, just a current place of waiting until we are called to our eternal home.

We don’t sit in the heavenly places with Christ Jesus, or at least not yet. Instead, we sit in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Clarke explains “And now we sit in heavenly places – we have a right to the kingdom of God, anticipate this glory, and are indescribably happy in the possession of this salvation, and in our fellowship with Christ Jesus.” Paul goes on to talk about what our future looks like. “….so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” God will never stop dealing with us on the basis of grace, and will continue to pour out its riches on us through eternity.

Spurgeon wrote “So is it with the grace of God: he has as much grace as you want, and he has a great deal more than that. The Lord has as much grace as a whole universe will require, but he has vastly more. He overflows: all the demands that can ever be made on the grace of God will never impoverish him, or even diminish his store of mercy; there will remain an incalculably precious mine of mercy as full as when he first began to bless the sons of men.” God wo wants to pour His gift of grace upon us. God never gives up on us, even when we refuse His grace and mercy and even His love. He persists and pursues us until the very end!

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