How Rich We Are

“In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7).

In Ephesians 1–3, the apostle Paul speaks six times concerning the rich benefits poured out to every true believer. These riches will never be taken from us, for they come from God, and are as eternal as God Himself.

The six references can be divided into four categories: The riches of His grace: Nothing shows the grace of God more than the shed blood of Christ for the forgiveness of sins, by which we are redeemed (text). Grace is undeserved. There is not one single thing in any person that could merit God’s rich grace. It is a free gift. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9). We will continually learn of this grace throughout eternity. “That in the ages to come He might show [display or demonstrate] the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7). The riches of His mercy: “But God, who is rich in mercy, . . .” (Ephesians 2:4). Mercy flows from God’s great love and is also undeserved. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us” (Titus 3:5). The riches of His glory: “. . . the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” (Ephesians 1:18). The saints themselves are God’s glorious inheritance. This is all part of His glorious riches mentioned. “That we should be to the praise of His glory” (v.12). The riches of Christ: “The unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8). One commentator explained it this way: “Christ’s fathomless spiritual wealth can never be fully comprehended.” All we can say to that is, Amen! NPS

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