And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places 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 Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
This passage of Scripture teaches us the difference that Christ’s salvation makes in our lives. And the contrast could not be more striking. The comparison of our former selves to who we are now is amazing. Of course, the word amazing is one word we use to modify God’s grace because God’s grace makes all the difference.
Before we knew Christ as Savior, we were dead in our sins. We were deceived by the evil one. We were disobedient to God and sought after our own selfish ways. To put it succinctly, we were without hope of any kind without Jesus. We were doomed.
But God, who is rich in mercy, sought us, convicted us, and saved us. We were made aware of our sin and of our need for the Savior. We were saved by grace and made alive to a new spiritual life. Jesus raised us up so that we may glorify God for all of eternity. He has redeemed us to show forth the glory of God in the heavenly places. We are created in Christ Jesus for good works. We are placed in Christ to live as He would have us to live.
What amazing grace has been bestowed upon us. We were unworthy and undeserving. Yet, God’s grace is enough to save us, seal us, and secure us for all of eternity. Rest in these principles dear Christian. God’s grace is enough!
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