The Riches of His Glorious Grace

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.      ~   Ephesians 1:3-10

This is one of my favorite Bible passages because it reveals God as enormous.  God has specifically chosen us in adoption and is glorious for dispensing grace.

We have redemption not through a system of lying on beds of nails, kneeling, taking communion, praying, evangelism, reading the Bible, living in freedom, living in righteousness, but through the person God Almighty manifest in the flesh as Jesus Christ bleeding out for our sake.  This redemption is lavished upon us and is overwhelming.  In view of His glorious grace, other things (i.e. other gods) become simple and trite.  God sits above all the puny gods of this world who demand the hands of men, but not their hearts.  The great lie (and perhaps the only lie) is that of prostitution: do this and receive this.  What we receive will, on the surface, look and feel like love.  Enjoy it while it lasts.

How truly backwards is this from God’s plan!  God is mighty to save.  The Lord works with the dead hearts of men and makes them new.  And this Gospel is the foundation, present trial, and aim of our hearts.  The work of the hands follow this transformation with a fiery, passionate love.

And the Gospel is also the great revealing of His mysterious will.  Why did God create the world?  Why did God save us?  Why did God do anything at all?  What is going through His mind?  The Apostle tells us in the person and work of His Son is in effect over all time, both backwards and forwards, and is one of unity in Him.  Not under a principle.  In a person.  God’s plan is to suffer for our sake and this plan is the at the root of the intention of creation.  It was once here beautifully, it has now fallen terribly, and it will be saved gloriously.  To God and God alone be the praise.

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2 Responses to “The Riches of His Glorious Grace”

  1. Alex, this made tears stand in my eyes. Thank you so much.

    • My delight. 🙂 If God is going to continue blessing this blog with these sorts of messages, then to Him and Him alone be the glory.

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