Chewing on Ephesians 2:1-10 this morning.
But God, being rich in mercy . . .
Therein lies the force behind the great reversal we call salvation. The reversal from being “dead in trespasses and sins” in which we once walked according to this world, to being “made alive together with Christ” and “seated with Him in the heavenly places.” From being “by nature children of wrath,” to being God’s “workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.” From living “in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind,” to walking in “good works, which God prepared beforehand.” From boasting in our works, to depending only on His grace. All because of a God who is rich in mercy.
And at the heart of this passage is the great why of the great reversal. The answer to “how come?”
. . . 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 ESV)
It’s all about His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. The riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. But wait there’s more . . . It’s about the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
And what about it? The God of eternity wants to show it. He wants to point it out. He wants to manifest it and put it on display.
And that, for the coming ages. On display for as long as there’s an earth. Pointing it out, I think, beyond earth and for as long as there’s an endless age after these ages.
And if the display is going to run for eternity, then who’s the audience? I’m thinking it’s those “in heavenly places” (Eph. 3:10).
We are on display. Noodle on that for a bit.
Trophies of grace. Eternal trophies of grace! That’s what we are. Saved for our good, to be sure. But saved more so to show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
Worthy to be on display? Nope. But that’s the point. Nothing we merit. Nothing we can boast of. On display solely because of the finished work of the cross. Gazed upon in wonder by “powers and authorities in heavenly places” only because we are cloaked in a gifted robe of Christ’s own righteousness. Forever on display because our God saves “to the uttermost” (Heb. 7:25).
Trophies displaying the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Yup, that’s what we are.
Sinners saved by God’s grace alone. Sinners saved for God’s glory alone.