so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Verses 1-3 of Ephesians 2 tell us who we were before God stepped in, and they don’t paint a very flattering image. Verses 4-6 tell us about the amazing grace and love of God as He stepped into human history and gave us a new identity in Christ.
Verse 7 begins with a transitional phrase “so that,” where Paul explains the reason behind why God saved us. When you consider the magnitude of what has been done for you in Christ, a natural question to ask is, “Why would God go through all the trouble?” We might wonder what it is about us that made God act. The truth of the matter is, as Ephesians 2:1-3 tells us, there was nothing in us that made God act.
Everything we bring to the table creates distance between God and ourselves. However, the gospel is about the God who loved us when we were unlovable. More specifically, the gospel demonstrates God’s character in a way that nothing else does. The gospel shows us the immeasurable riches of His grace and kindness. The gospel made a way for God to show us who He is. He has revealed Himself to us. Otherwise, we would not be able to know Him. The lengths that God went to in order to save us should motivate us to see that same grace come true for others.
- According to Paul, why would God go to all the trouble of sacrificing His Son for you?
- What do the actions God took tell you about His character?
- As you reflect on the events of Good Friday, praise God for changing you with the gospel.