Taking the Limits Off Grace
February 9, 2013
You Are SO Loved
February 11, 2013
Taking the Limits Off Grace
February 9, 2013
You Are SO Loved
February 11, 2013

The Riches Of His Mercy and Grace

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Clouds over the ocean at North Myrtle Beach.

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) “ Ephesians 2:4-5

This passage is full of delightful and important meaning for us. This is a summation of how we went from dead in our sins to alive in Christ. It all began with God—in the beginning God. (Genesis 1:1) Many people have trouble with the word God. They have all kinds of theories about God. But if the theory doesn’t include His mercy, His love, and His grace, then it isn’t the God of the Bible.

He is rich in mercy. Mercy is not getting the things we deserve. We sinned and we deserved nothing. However, mercy stepped in on our behalf. Mercy came about because of His great love by which He loved us. His abundant overflowing love came to our rescue. “God so Loved.” (John 3:16)

We are the beneficiary of His love and mercy. He loved us—you, me. Paul included himself also. God didn’t love us because we deserved it, or we were handsome and friendly or we did such great feats. It had nothing to do with us. It was only about Him—love.

We were dead in sins. Our sins separated us from fellowship with God. But he brought us to life—infused His zoe life into us. Just as Jesus was raised from the dead, so were we raised to newness of life. We are a new creation. We are the righteousness of Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21) God brought to life with Christ.

He saved us. And Paul sums this up with it is all the grace of God. It is by His grace we are saved. Grace is receiving what we don’t deserve. We didn’t deserve salvation, but He did it anyway. In a moment in history, God became flesh so we might be restored unto God. Oh the riches of His mercy.