What Does Ephesians 2:4 Mean?

But God, who is abundant in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us,

Ephesians 2:4(HCSB)

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I doubt that we will ever fathom the depths of God's love for us, for His love is infinite and we are finite. But nonetheless, the love of God is rich in mercy towards us who were born dead in trespasses and sins.

Paul starts this discourse in Ephesians by reminding us of our previous lives, dead in our trespasses and sins, having no hope in the world, under the reign of the prince of the power of the air who delights in tormenting us, discouraging us, and keeping us in our state of unbelief, bringing us with him on the wide path to hell.

What a tragic state of affairs! However, then come two of the most powerful words in the Bible - BUT GOD! 

BUT GOD is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. 

Never forget, it is only by God's grace that you and I have been saved! Salvation is the love-gift of God, it can never be gained by our works, so that no one can boast.

And receiving the gift of salvation, by grace through faith is just the beginning. For Paul tells us the astonishing fact that we are raised up with Christ and seated with Him in heavenly places. If this was not glorious enough, he tells us the reason for this: "So that in the ages to come He might show the boundless riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus."

The love of God is one of His many intrinsic attributes, for in and of Himself God is love, but when this inherent characteristic of God's love is demonstrated towards humanity, it exhibits itself in mercy and grace, kindness and compassion.

It is because of the immeasurable length, eternal breadth, incalculable height, and abundant depth of God's love, that He demonstrated His love towards us by means of His grace and mercy, when He sent His only begotten Son to die for us so that we might live eternally.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You that You are a God of love Who is rich in mercy toward me. Thank You that You loved me so much, You sent Your precious Son to die in my place and pay the price for my sins. Praise Your name forever and ever. In Jesus' name, AMEN.

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