Saved by Grace

Geoffrey Cox

READ : Ephesians 2:4-10

But God . . . made us alive together with Christ. (vv. 4-5)

Out of the black background of spiritual death Paul brings some incredible good news. We were dead “but God . . . made us alive.” Then Paul goes on to say why God acts like this, what else he has done, and what he still aims to do.

First, the reason for God’s grace. God acts “because of his great love for us” (v. 4 NIV). God’s motive for saving us is that he is rich in mercy, overflowing with grace, incredibly kind.

Next, God’s gracious actions. Using the same power he used with Jesus, God has made us alive and has raised us up with Christ. And, speaking of the future as certain already (for to God it is) he has seated us with Christ in heaven (v. 6). So God has saved us—past forgiveness; God is saving us—present riches of grace; and God will save us in future unspeakable joy. He has prepared wonderful things for us (v. 7).

All this is grace. God’s purpose is to use us, and what he has done in us, to demonstrate “the immeasurable riches of his grace” and to work all the good works he has set out for us. We are to be demonstration models for the whole universe, it seems, to show what a wonderful craftsman God really is.

PRAYER

“Lord, make me a worthy model of your grace.”