Last week we started chapter 2 of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians and we concluded with verse 10 on Friday. The heading in my Bible for these 10 verses is “Made Alive with Christ”. Paul starts out with
“Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil – the commander of the power in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God…” (verses 1-2a)
Then Paul continues, “But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much… God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” (verses 4, 8-9)
This is kind of freeing to know that no amount of good deeds will get me my salvation. No social status and no amount of money will save me. It is a gift from God. It is a gift to everyone who believes. Pure and simple: a gift! I have not earned it and I do not deserve it! And I won’t ever be able to brag about it. Because I’ve received it for FREE!
“But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much…” (verse 4, emphasis mine) I love this “but God” so much, because when I get to a point like this, where I can see how much God loves me, and that His love for me never changes no matter what I’ve done, where I’ve been… There comes “But God…” And He reaches out to me and gives me His mercy, His grace. He gives me life!