A spirit of thanksgiving. A sense of the magnitude of grace. An unbreakable joy. These are some of the sentiments conveyed in Paul’s opening words to the church at Ephesus. He reminded believers that redemption in Christ is a gift, one that was provided at a great cost. Jesus, being eternally divine in nature, monetarily sacrificed immortality for mortality. He appeared in human form and lived a life of holiness and moral purity. But He was beaten, mocked, and ultimately killed, a death He knowingly and willingly surrendered to, all in order to yield forgiveness to mankind. Christ’s divine blood atones for humanity’s numerable transgressions. So what will believers do with this blessing? Accept it. Praise Jesus for it. Tell others about it. That is the essence of Paul’s message in the early part of Ephesians. In other words, the church is the protector of a wonderful message, one of both hope and restoration. We are the partakers of redemption. We did nothing on our own to earn such a treasure. So may we humbly and gratefully live out the remainder of our earthly days serving God, and brining honor to Jesus.
Ephesians 2:8 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God…” (NIV)
Kevin Orr (12/6/2018)