“…so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7)
I feel bad for Ephesians 2:7.
Most people have heard of Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not of your own doing; it is the gift of God – not the result of works, so that no one may boast.”
But who’s ever heard of Ephesians 2:7?
I’ve read Ephesians 2:7 dozens of times but never memorized it like I have Ephesians 2:8-9. But because of these studies in the Fruit of the Spirit I had the opportunity to pause and study Ephesians 2:7 and I am extremely thankful.
Ephesians 2:7 begins with, “so that.” Obviously, whatever preceded the so that is essential to understanding the rest of Ephesians 2:7. The sentence begins in Ephesians 2:4. It reads:
But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus.
Wow! What a sentence! In it contains the entirety of the gospel!
Even when we were dead through our trespasses…
- No, we aren’t good people who have a few flaws. We were dead in our trespasses.
- Spiritually concerned, we were good as dead.
- What can the dead do? Nothing!!!
- That’s the point of the gospel of grace. There is nothing we can do to earn it or deserve it. It is all grace. It is all God.
But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us…made us alive together with Christ…and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that…he might show his immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus.
- Salvation is all God’s doing. It is all mercy. It is all because of his great love toward us.
- Because of his love for us, he did for us what we could not ever do for ourselves. Jesus paid the debt of sin and bore the punishment in his body, on the cross.
- And Christ rose again from the dead, so that we too might rise with him.
- God did all this for us in Christ Jesus.
- All this is the sign of God’s kindness towards us in Christ Jesus.
Remember, kindness in the Greek means meeting the real needs of someone in God’s way in God’s timing. That’s Jesus Christ! That’s the gospel! That’s good news!
Salvations is not about works. It’s not about what we can do. It’s all about what God has already done!
That is meeting a need in a practical way. That’s God’s kindness.