“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us…” Eph. 2:4.
I addressed God’s abundant mercy in an earlier post this week, King of Glory, The Sequel, but in no way did I exhaust the topic, nor will these few verses conclude something that is inexhaustible.
“But God, who is rich in mercy…He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us…Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”(Ps. 103:10-12;1Pet.1:3-5).
“…for his great love wherewith he loved us…Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee….Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us…For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life… As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love…abide in his love…that your joy might be full…Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends…But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Jer.31:3; 1John 3:1,16; John 3:16;John 15:9,10,11,13; Rom. 5:8).
“…dead in sins…” Death is not the cessation of existence. It is the conscious existence of separation from God as a result of sin.
“For the wages of sin is death… The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead… For mine iniquities are gone over mine head; as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me… if one died for all, then were all dead…by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned;”( Rom. 6:23; Prov. 21:16; Ps. 38:4; 2Cor. 5:14;; Rom. 5:12).
“…quickened…together with Christ…” Quickened is to be made alive to God. Where death is separation from God, quickened is communion or fellowship with God.
“And you, being dead in your sins…hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses…to them that believe on his name: Which were born…of the will of…God…born of the Spirit…Ye must be born again… Wherefore he saith, AWAKE THOU THAT SLEEPEST, AND ARISE FROM THE DEAD, AND CHRIST SHALL GIVE THEE LIGHT … God is faithful by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Col. 2:13; John 1;12,13; John 3:6,7; Eph. 5:14Col. 2:12,13;1Cor. 1:9).
Rich in mercy, great in love, exceeding in grace
“…in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith;…it is the gift of God…For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men… For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich…we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved… Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus… That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life… And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus…the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord… Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.”(Titus 2:11; 2Cor. 8:9; Acts 15:11; Rom 3:24; Titus 3:7; 1Tim. 1:14; Rom. 6:23b; 2Cor. 9:15).
Thank you, Father for your rich mercy, forgiving our sin and giving us hope; for your great love that makes us your sons and daughters; for your grace that has gifted us with salvation through Jesus Christ unto eternal life.