THE IMMEASURABLE RICHES OF HIS GRACE (Part 1)

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:4-7

“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)

We cannot grasp the extent of the riches of God’s grace in kindness toward us in Christ. Paul says that it is immeasurable. It is too great for us to comprehend, too extensive for us to put our arms around it. It truly is amazing grace!

While the the extent of God’s grace is immeasurable, we can begin to understand something about it. One way to measure a gift is to see what it cost the giver. A multimillionaire may give a very large gift and not miss what it cost him. That is precisely the point of Jesus’ teaching about the widow’s mite (Mark 12:41-44).

Let’s consider what granting grace cost God the Father. He “sent forth” His Son into this hostile world — “But when he fullness of time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law” (Galatians 4:4). The Son was with the Father from all eternity dwelling with Him, coequal and co-eternal. Yet, the Father sent forth the Son for our sakes.

The Father loved us so much that He gave His Son — “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” (John 3:16). The word “gave” is full of meaning. You hear about someone who gave his life for his country. It costs to give. God gave His Son. He did not spare Him — “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 to make the way of salvation possible. He knew that it involved suffering for His Son. He did not spare Him, but delivered Him up, which meant death — a cruel, agonizing death.

In order for us to be saved, God made His Son to be sin — “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 Him sin, not a sinner. “The Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6b). It was necessary for God to make His Son sin for us, so that we could be delivered from the penalty that our sins deserve.

Never take for granted what it cost God the Father to pour out His grace in kindness toward us. It cost Him His Son!

Heavenly Father, while it is impossible for me to grasp the immeasurable grace in kindness that You have poured out on me, I have some understanding of what it cost You to do so. Thank You for Your love that sent forth Your Son into this hostile world for my sake. Thank You for not sparing Him but for delivering Him up for me so that He could take my sins upon Himself and pay the price that I rightly owe You. Thank You for loving me this much.

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