so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.Ephesians 2:7(NASB)
The salvation of the sinner is evidence of the abounding and overflowing riches of God’s amazing grace towards the children of men, and in the eternal ages to come, this salvation will stand as a witness of the undeniable proof to both men and angels - the inexhaustible and unsearchable riches of God’s grace towards those who have been saved by His blood.
Think about it! We, who were spiritually blind, dead in trespasses, and slaves to sin, have had the eyes of our understanding opened. We have been declared righteous, forgiven of sin, received eternal life, and become heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. We were once children of wrath but have been made children of God.
We were once under the power of darkness but are now in the kingdom of light and seated with Christ in heavenly places. We who were separated from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise... having no hope and without God in the world, have been brought near and are beloved of the Father.
Whatever else falls and fades away, the salvation of the saints will remain as an everlasting monument of God’s never-ending mercy, through time and into eternity. No matter what ceases from view and no matter what is blotted out from our memories, the exceeding riches of God’s amazing grace in His kindness towards us, through Christ Jesus our Lord, will stand firm as an everlasting memorial of God’s astonishing grace and His unconditional love.
Our elevated position, our heavenly possession, and our redeemed person, are trophies of the incredible kindness that God has shown to each of His blood-bought children, in saving us by grace through faith in the sacrificial offering of the Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross. Our very lives will stand as a sure testimony of God’s great goodness, and we will remain a never-ending tribute of God’s grace and kindness towards us in Christ Jesus: "So that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ."
Image that! The gospel of grace which we preach in the world today, will remain as an everlasting witness of God's glorious grace to angelic principalities and power in the ages to come. When the fullness of Christ's Body has come in and we have received our glorified bodies, we will continue to gossip the gospel and glorify the Lord as we sing of His great wonders and recall His grace towards us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us and imputed us with His perfect righteousness.
No matter what is taken away or what additional joys are bestowed upon us all, our great salvation will stand firm as the singular, timeless testimonial of the divine goodness of our God towards us, and we will become a perpetual demonstration of the incomparable and exceeding riches of God’s amazing grace which has been expressed in His kindness towards us in Christ Jesus our Lord.
May we be filled with awe and wonder as we consider the surpassing riches of God's grace towards us and not permit familiarity with the gospel to dim our joy, or dampen our enthusiasm for all that the Lord has done for us. May we grow in grace and in a deeper knowledge and understanding of our Lord and Saviour so that we may reflect His love and beauty to others and become a conduit of His grace.
May the beauty of Jesus be seen in all we say and do so that we become a reflection of God's glory for His praise, and may we be prepared to display His glory throughout the eternal ages - for He alone is worthy of all honour and glory - throughout time and into eternity.
Loving Father, I am astonished at the abounding and overflowing riches of Your amazing grace, which for so long I have taken for granted. Thank You that I will be one of the myriad of voices that will be singing in thanksgiving for Your amazing grace and unconditional love for me, a sinner, saved by grace. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.