From Death to Life Because of God's Great Love For Us
Ephesians 2: 4-7
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
Not only did God make us alive, but because of His love, His mercy, and His grace, he has seated us with Christ.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand fully that sickness is not death. When I say death in the context of this study, I mean the death that is described in Psalm 88:5, remembered by God no more, cut off from His care. Both physical and spiritual death. Since none of us reading this has experienced physical death, the best parallel I can come up with is physical sickness.
I want to call to your remembrance a time when you were really, really sick. For me, it was the flu of late 2017. That put me down. For about 10 days I was completely and totally exhausted. Work was impossible, just to get up was impossible. I could not do anything to get myself better. Rest didn’t work, eating didn’t work, medicine didn’t work, nothing made me feel better, nothing gave me strength. I was totally and completely spent.
Now, remember a time when you were at that place. Imagine that while you were in that place you had an unavoidable obligation to meet. In my case it was the conclusion of a land dispute trial. A trial that had been scheduled on the Court’s docket for more than a year. After having the flu for about 8 days, I got up on a Monday and went to work thinking, even feeling as if I could make it through that trial, only to find that after I got to work and began to gather my materials and head to the courthouse for 9:00 A.M. I was still totally exhausted, unable to think or act. I was completely unable to do anything to fulfill my obligation. Defeated by exhaustion I was forced to call the Judge and opposing attorney and explain that I had the flu.
At the moment I had to make that phone call to the Judge, I was helpless. I could not do anything for myself, let alone others, to get complete my job. Can you remember a time when you have experienced the same helplessness. Consider for a moment the total helplessness you felt.
That sickness, the exhaustion, the feeling of utter helplessness both you and I have experienced does not and cannot begin to approach the reality of the helplessness you and I existed in that Paul described to the saints in Ephesus in Ephesians 2:1-3.
You and I were dead. We existed in death, cut off and remembered no more. The death the Sons of Korah described in their song recorded in Psalm 88:5, utter helpless despair. And, neither you nor I could do anything to resolve our condition. We were helpless in ourselves.
There is a word however, that begins verse 4 of Chapter 2 of Ephesians that reveals the Truth that existed before and outside of the truth of our helpless despair. The word “But,” reveals the Truth that is before our despair and that completely and utterly resolves our helpless despair. That Truth is: before we were helpless God loved us. He loved us.
God loves us some much that he was not willing to let us, His creation, remain in Sheol, in death, not remembered by Him, cut off from His care. So because of His mercy and through his grace, He gave us Christ Jesus to make us the opposite of what we were, death; He made us alive in Christ Jesus.
Not only did he make us alive, because of His love, His mercy and His grace, he has seated us with Christ. The truth is that even now, at this moment because of Jesus we are seated with Christ Jesus in the heavenly realms. The heavenly realms are ours. That’s hard to get a mind around. But a thoughtful consideration and keen awareness of our undeniable present eternal existence gives us a glimpse of the glory that is ours even now beyond this present world for us in the heavenly realms. And this is all because of God’s great love for us.
It is a great delight for us, the fact that because of God’s love for us He will be glorified in us throughout the countless ages to come. The richness of His grace and kindness will be eternally on display in us, expressed in Christ Jesus. We are His glory. We will see His glory in Christ and in each other. We will always and forever be His glory, because of His great love for us.
I was blessed to get over the flu. I knew I was over the flu when I walked outside on that crisp December morning when the sun was shining, the sky was blue, the birds were singing and I felt like there wasn’t anything that I could not accomplish any trial I could not meet. Remember how you felt when you recovered from such an illness?
Recovery is a great feeling.Yet, that wonderful feeling does not and cannot begin to approach the reality of the present eternal life we have in Christ Jesus.God changed it all because of His love, His mercy, His grace.As you go through the day today, eternally dwell on and delight in God’s love for you demonstrated by his incomparable grace expressed in His kindness in Christ Jesus.
Questions To Ponder
What one word, describes what God has done for us?
What does this passage tell us of God’s character?
Why does God show His grace toward us?
Scripture Memory | April | Ephesians 1:7
“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.”