But God

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us.  Ephesians 2:4

In Ephesians 2:1-3 we learned that we were a failing, rebellious, child of the devil who were energized by our wicked actions and devices that we put on display for all to see. We were by nature children of wrath. Our only promise from God in this state was His judgment. However Paul gives us two powerful words that begin verse 4—But God.  Despite all this, God reconciled man to Himself and the reasons for doing so are quite remarkable!  Today we will see the four remarkable things God has done for us and none of them have anything to do with my worthiness.

He loved us (v. 4). We tend to extend our love and compassion to those that we feel are deserving of it. Not so with God.  There was nothing lovely or deserving in our sinful state.  Man by nature is a lustful, wicked child of wrath that has no love for anyone but himself.  You and I give God absolutely no reason to love us. God does not extend His love to us because we are worthy, but rather because He is love.  This is agape! He quickened us (v. 5). You see, we were dead in sin, bound for hell for all of eternity, yet God loved us so much in our dead state that He sent His Son, Jesus to die for us so that we could be made alive or quickened in Him. There is no other way to be made alive.  Verse 5 says that God quickened us together with Christ.  If you have not been made spiritually alive by Christ and Christ alone, then you are still a child of wrath and lust with only the promise of God’s judgment. He raised us up (v. 6). Paul gives us an incredible truth that God “… hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. I was once a wretched sinner bound for hell, but because of Jesus Christ I now have a right to God’s kingdom—my new home! Since Jesus sits in the heavenly places, so do we because we are in Him!  We must stop living as if this world was our home and live like citizens of God’s kingdom. He shows us (v. 7). In verse 7 Paul continues to tell us that through Jesus Christ there is still more to come. God has more to show us. God’s grace and mercy will forever be on display for us throughout all of eternity.  God’s work in us through His Son will reflect His glory forever and ever.  The world’s economy operates on the fact of scarcity or the fact there is a limited supply of resources and people.  The scarcer a resource or individual talent is, the more it is worth based on demand.  Yet with grace there are no scarcity or supply limitations. It is more abundant than the universe itself yet it is more precious than all the gold and diamonds of the earth.  God will forever show us the exceeding riches of His grace.

I am grateful for two powerful words that transition us from verse 3 to verse 4—But God!