Saturday, October 26, 2013

Ephesians 2:4,5 comments; God's Love, Mercy, and Grace

4 ¶  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Titus 3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6  Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7  That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

We should always be thankful for a Holy God’s mercy toward us, and for His love. He saved us where we were, not where we should have been.

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Nothing can separate us from that love.

Romans 8:38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God has quickened us with Christ, whom He raised from the dead. To quicken is to make alive that which was dead (defined by phrasing in Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you). Note that we have the same power in us that raised Christ from the dead.

Colossians 2:13 ¶  And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

We are saved by God’s grace, his unmerited favor and mercy toward them that believe, favor and mercy they have not and could not earn. Mercy and grace go together. You deserved something other than what you received at God’s hand. We are not under the Law given to Moses, an important point as many Pastors and Preachers want to put you under that Law so they can control you. Just notice the number of sermons given out of the Old Testament Law.

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

We are saved, not by anything we have done or could do but because mercy is in God’s character. The Psalmist says;

Psalm 25:11  For thy name’s sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.      

Here, two things are acknowledged. It is in God’s nature to pardon. He will pardon for His name’s sake.  In addition, the Psalmist needs pardon like a sick person needs a doctor. The greater the illness the more reason the doctor is necessary. Here, the Psalmists sin is great and his need of God’s mercy is great. The awfulness and greatness of your sin is no impediment to God to have mercy on you. In fact, a perfect, Holy God is as far above the greatest saint and He is the most vile sinner. He extends His mercy to all regardless of their self-perceived merit or lack thereof.
He came to us when we were dead in sins. He didn’t require us to “get right” before He saved us. He saved us right there in the sin, the muck, and the mire in which we were stuck and made us alive in Christ. If you are at a point in your life where you feel you have done so much wrong that you could never be forgiven remember that it is God’s mercy that is extended to you now regardless of how bad you think you are or how good you think you are. It’s not about you. It’s about Him. Be forgiven. Call on Him now where you are.

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