Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 2:4-10

“So that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”  (Ephesians 2:7)

I want to pick up on the phrase, “the immeasurable riches of His grace.”  His grace is extravagant and limitless.  It is immeasurable because it exceeds our ability to grasp the fullness of it.  God’s grace is His unmerited favor bestowed upon undeserving people.  It is a gift from God to us.  One way to measure the value of a gift is to see what it cost the giver.  Let’s look at what the gift of grace  cost God.

Let’s begin with John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…”  God sent His Son into this cruel and broken world.  He gave His Son as the supreme gift to this world full of needy, desperate, and sinful people.

God not only gave His Son, but He spared not His Son, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).  God the Father knew what was necessary before the way of salvation could be made.  He knew it meant that His Son must suffer terribly.  He did not spare His Son, but delivered Him up.  This meant death, a cruel and agonizing death.

But there is more!  God gave His Son; He spared Him not but delivered Him up; and He actually made His Son to be sin on our behalf, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (II Corinthians 5:21).  God the Father made His own Son to be sin for us.  Jesus actually became a curse on our behalf (Galatians 3:13).  He took our sins upon Himself and He bore the very wrath of God in our place.  He did all this so that we could be delivered from our sins.

Do you see now what Paul meant by the phrase, “the immeasurable riches of God’s grace”?  The cost to God in order to give grace to us was enormous.  Now on the basis of the work of His Son, God lavishes HIs immeasurable grace upon us!

Gracious and merciful Father, I stand amazed at what You have done for me.  Your immeasurable grace cost You an enormous price and You have freely given it to me.  How can I ever thank You enough for what You have done for me?


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