This morning in my devotions I was reading through Ephesians and I came across Ephesians 2:1-10. Ironically, my YouVersion App already looked like this from the last time I used the “read through the Bible in a year” program. One of the reasons I like using the YouVersion App is because it allows me to highlight passages in different colors for different reasons.
For this particular passage I highlighted the top portion red because it focuses on our sin, which needed to be paid for by the blood of Christ. The red section, verses 1-3, focuses on the fact that before we were saved we were all by nature “children of wrath.” Were it not for God’s intervention we would have died in our sins and would have received the wrath we deserved.
But verse 4 begins with the beautiful words “But God.” Those words begin the green portion of the passage. I use green to highlight when verses focus on the grace of God.
The end result of this highlighting looks like this was quite a Christmas themed passage. While these verses are not specifically about the Christmas story, I think considering God’s grace in light of our sin can add to our joy this Christmas season.
Let’s take some time to consider the good news of verses 4-10. We were by nature children of wrath…But God.
Consider what God did
He made us alive with Christ (v. 5)
He raised us up and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (v. 6)
Consider why God did it
Because he is rich in mercy (v. 4)
Because he loved us with a great love (v. 4)
So that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness Toward us in Christ Jesus (v 7)
Consider when God did this
When we were still dead in our trespasses (v. 5)
Consider how God went about achieving this
By grace you have been saved (v. 5)
For by grace you have been saved through faith (v. 8)
And this is not your own doing (v. 8)
It is the gift of God (v. 8)
Not a result of works, so that no one may boast (v. 9)
When you think about God’s grace in light of our sin we refocus our eyes on the fact that the Gospel is good news- good news, which is worthy of celebration. As we celebrate Christmas we are ultimately celebrating the good news that we deserved wrath but God intervened.
I am thankful for his mercy, thankful for his grace, thankful for his great love, thankful for his intervention. Thanks be to God.
Author: Dave Kulp