Immeasurable riches. Unbelievable.

12Mar10

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience — among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 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 — and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:1-7, ESV, emphasis added)

The contrast between who we were, who God is, who we are made to be in him, and why he has made us “alive together with Christ” is really quite astonishing, isn’t it?

Children who justly deserved wrath for thinking ourselves above the very God who created us are loved by that same God, who is almost unbelievably merciful, such that he provided a way for us to be made alive — brought out from under his wrath — with Christ, who was resurrected as evidence and confirmation of the potential for being made alive out of death. And what is one reason God made us alive? To show us the unfathomable depths and blessings of his grace in pure kindness toward us in his Son, Jesus Christ. Forever. And ever.

You, a sinner deserving of hell (and me too), God wants to show the immeasurable riches of his grace to, forever.

Um. Wow.

If this sounds far-fetched, it is. Unless, of course, Jesus of Nazareth actually was resurrected as and when he said he would be. And there were hundreds of eyewitnesses that he did, and there are countless millions of spiritual witnesses beyond those.

God is good. You can trust him because he loves you. See Ephesians 2:1-7.

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