In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he was describing the underlying realities of life and faith. In the opening words of the second chapter we saw the condition which lies behind all the difficulties and problems we have in life, and how desperately hopeless it is without the redeeming work of Jesus Christ.
You know, I was just thinking about something. Those of us who live in the U.S. should be used to politicians making promises. Each one promises to save America! All we have to do is elect the right candidate, and they will solve all of our economic problems; all of our international conflicts; all of our domestic problems; will lower all of our taxes, and on and on it goes. The politicians feed us this stuff so much that by now we should just roll our eyes and yawn.
Through our experiences, we should know that we need to examine the issues on our own, and though there are differences between the candidates, and though it is entirely proper and important for us to vote, we should recognize that no political party is going to solve our problems. After the election, our problems will still be with us because our condition is much deeper than politics.
Then we looked at what happens when someone turns to Jesus Christ, the new life they receive — absolutely, fundamentally different, and described for us this way:
“. . . even though we were dead in our sins God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, gave us life together with Christ — it is, remember, by grace and not by achievement that you are saved — and has lifted us right out of the old life to take our place with him in Christ in the Heavens . . .” (Ephesians 2:5-6)
We tried to understand what all this means and how important it is to incorporate this new life into daily routines. Now, beginning with Verse 7, we look beyond our present experience to the future which lies ahead of us. The apostle says that God has done all this:
He did this through Christ Jesus out of his generosity to us in order to show his extremely rich kindness in the world to come. God saved you through faith as an act of kindness. You had nothing to do with it. Being saved is a gift from God. It’s not the result of anything you’ve done, so no one can brag about it. God has made us what we are. He has created us in Christ Jesus to live lives filled with good works that he has prepared for us to do. (Ephesians 2:7-10)
Alright! Paul immediately looks at the Lord’s purpose in our redemption. Think about it, why did the Lord enter our lives? Why did He change the fundamental basis of our experience? Why did He raise us up with Christ and cause us to sit with Him in Heavenly places? Those are all valid questions, don’t you think? And, the answers are quite simple. All of this occurred so, in the coming ages, He could display the immeasurable riches of His grace through the kindness He gave to us in Christ Jesus. In other words, the Lord’s purpose in doing all this is so He could have a display case where His Grace — the glory of his character and being — could be seen!
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