But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
A. W. Pink called this the most important phrase in the Bible. He said it was like a great erasure. With it, the thoughts, the implications, the actions that came before it are effectively erased. They are made null and void. They no longer matter. Just like this passage in Ephesians.
Verse one says “you were dead in your trespasses and sins.” That is a terrible way to be in. Then that is expounded on by giving more details culminating in my spiritual lineage passed down from the father of lies through Adam, I “[was] by nature a child of wrath.” Now, it’s time for the erasure. “BUT GOD…”
“…being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when were were dead in our transgressions…” Because of who God is, is all the reason He needs to do anything. He decided that I, just like the dead who are content to remain that way, am content to remain dead in my sins, needed His love, His mercy, His intervention.
He “made us alive together with Christ.” He erased my past and gave me new life. With Christ. By grace. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
What now? Live. Stop standing around doing nothing. Serve. Be with other Christians. The past is gone. The present is where I live. The future is what I live for. MOVE!!
Father, thank You for life. Help me to live it to bring You glory. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.