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Devotional - week of March 2, 2003


THE RICHES OF GOD'S MERCY

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ … and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus … Ephesians 2:4-6

God’s mercy is one of the great themes of the Bible. The above passage is the only place declaring that God is rich in mercy.

While we believe there is always a richness in God’s mercy, there must be some reason the word rich is used in this passage.

The reason is likely found in the context of the passage. Verses 1-3 describe our spiritual condition and way of life before we received Jesus as Lord and Savior. Verses 4-6 describe what God did for us in our spiritual resurrection.

In our pre-conversion condition we were “… dead in trespasses and sins. We walked according to the course of this world. We walked according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom we all walked in the lusts of our flesh. We fulfilled the desires of the flesh and mind. We were by nature the children of wrath.”

While in that condition and way of life we received Jesus as Lord and Savior. Immediately, God, who is rich in mercy:

… made us alive together with Christ … and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus … Ephesians 2:5b-6

Interpreted in light of the New Testament, this means that God entered our lives as He re-entered the body of Jesus after His crucifixion. It means just as the resurrected Jesus left the place of the dead ones, God raised us out of close fellowship with the spiritually dead. It means just as Jesus ascended to heaven to be seated at the right hand of the Father, God placed us in the same heavenly places.

Life in the heavenlies—ours through the riches of God’s grace—is ours to experience if we choose it and believe it.

What a contrast with the life we had before Jesus came in!