REAP: Ephesians 1:3-14
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.”
God has chosen you and I. Before the world was formed He chose us. This is the message we find in the verses leading up to verse seven in the first chapter of Ephesians. In verse seven Paul shows us the redemption that is found in Jesus. He proclaims these truths:
Jesus is redemption
His blood forgives us of sin.
He forgives according the, “riches of his grace.”
What is “riches of his grace?”
When we see the term riches the imagery is on money. God’s riches or God’s bank account. God’s nature is infinite and therefore his account that he has for grace is infinite. This grace is the riches that He uses to forgive us of our sins. His blood and sacrifice makes this bank account have infinite wealth in grace. Psalm 103:12 mirrors this truth, “As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”
My redemption if based upon the sacrifice of Jesus. My forgiveness was and is because of how great his riches of grace are.
What about my bank account of grace? How is it doing today? Obviously God is infinite and has more to go around but am I not also to model God’s grace? My account that stores grace is supposed to reflect Jesus. So when it is difficult to give grace to others it is revealing a disconnect with God’s nature. It is hard to give people grace throughout the day in various situations that arise, yet my redemption is due to grace. Why am I withholding that which God didn’t withhold from me.
God give me grace. I don’t want to abuse the blood that you have given me, but I need your grace so that I can be filled with the ability to give others grace. You are truly my source to love others. Let my life reflect that.