RICHES OF GRACE

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Ephesians 2:7 … that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

The above verse, “in the ages to come”…is talking about you and me today – we are living in the “ages to come” that the Apostle Paul is referring to.

And he says that in the ages to come God will show us the “exceeding riches of his grace” in His “kindness towards us” in Christ Jesus.

Jesus – He is the beginning and the end.  He is the “exceeding riches” that God promises.  In “Him” you will find every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3).  Salvation is found in His name – it literally means “Saviour”.   And the Greek word for salvation “Sozo” means deliverance and provision…

  • It is deliverance from sin, sickness, condemnation, destruction, and death;
  • It is the provision of healing, redemption, forgiveness, prosperity and eternal life.

Ephesians 2:7 says that God “might show us” and we see all these characteristics of salvation in Jesus…

He forgave sin, healed the sick, set free the condemned, and delivered people from death and destruction.  Remember the man who had an entire legion of demons – Jesus sets him free!

We see Jesus healing the blind eyes of Bartimaeus, raising to life the dead body of Lazarus, forgiving the woman caught in the act of adultery, feeding the multitude with five loaves and two fish and declaring salvation has come to the entire household of Zacchaeus!


God shows the exceeding riches of His grace through His Son, Jesus.

Everything about that grace is kindness and not condemnation.  Jesus did not come to condemn the world but to save and forgive the world.  (John 3:17) And when we carry this same grace within our spirits, it is going to change the way we also see the world.

When people you know make mistakes, big mistakes, how do you respond?  Grace always responds with the kindness of God.  In fact the bigger the mistake, the more exceeding and richer His grace will be!

  • To the unmarried daughter who has just fallen pregnant, the riches of God’s grace is there for the father to show her kindness.
  • To the congregation member who has been tried and convicted and is now behind bars, the riches of God’s grace is there for the congregation to show kindness.
  • To the young man who is sexually confused with his gender and doesn’t understand why he feels a certain way, the riches of God’s grace is there for the people of God to show kindness.

God’s grace is exceedingly rich in kindness and understanding.  It is the kindness we see in Jesus and is the kindness that will flow out of you because Christ is in you.  Continue to look to Jesus, His Word, and His Spirit, and His kindness will come from within you!

Pastor Wayne Simpson


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God’s kindness leads you to repentance. (Romans 2:4)