Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:1-7
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 2:4,5)
For the past couple of days, we looked at the bad news — “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience” (vs. 1,2). Because of our sin, we were hopeless and helpless. God did not leave us in this destitute state. He acted — “BUT GOD!”
The gospel is not about what we do for God; it is about what God has done for us in Christ. God took the initiative. He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4), and redeemed us through the blood of His Son (Ephesians 1:7). He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).
Why did God do all of this? We are not worthy of all the blessings. In fact, we have failed God and grieved Him. So, why would He bless us? Why would He deliver us from our terrible state? Because God is rich in mercy and because He loves us immensely. “See what kind of love the Father has give to us, that we should be called the children of God, and so we are” (I John 3:1). God did not give us what we rightly deserved. Instead, He gave us mercy. He came to us when we were separated from Him and poured out His love on us. He lavished His grace upon us. All this is possible only through Jesus Christ. Jesus paid the price we rightly owe God. He took our sins upon Himself and bore the punishment for us.
Today, reflect on the rich mercy of God that has been given to you. Consider the great love with which God loves you. Remember that salvation is a gift from God that we do not deserve and that we cannot earn. It is by His grace alone.
Merciful and loving God, thank You for delivering me from the hopeless and helpless condition I once was in because of my sin. Thank You that You came after me. You chose me before the foundation of the world and sent Your Son Jesus to redeem me from the penalty of sin. You are rich in mercy and great in Your love for me. I acknowledge that it is by grace alone through Christ alone that I have been saved.
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