But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses 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. Eph. 2:4-6
- Loved us
- Saved us
- Raised us
Have you ever thought about that?
Why did God go through all the trouble to stick with us good for nothing mess-ups?! Well, the answer is found in verse 7 and also in Psalm 67:2
So that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:7
that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all nations. Psalm 67:2
The answer isn’t as fuzzy feely as you might have hoped.
- God saved us to promote his own grace and kindness.
- God saved us to show his saving power to everyone everywhere.
- God saved us to glorify himself.
At first, I had a hard time coming to grips with this megalomaniac I was reading about here. But it all started to make sense to me through the following illustration that just popped into my brain the other day.
It’s the 4th quarter, it’s the last 10 seconds, it’s the last shot to win the game. Who do you want taking that shot? I would want my best player taking that shot. I would want the best player in the world taking that shot.
It’s a penalty kick in the 93rd minute of the game. It’s tied 1-1. You make this penalty kick and you win the game. Who do you want taking that kick? The best player, obviously.
For me this whole idea becomes very clear to me when I take into account my inabilities and God’s supreme abilities. God is the best ever.(period) There is nothing else like him. He calls himself I AM THAT I AM in order to insure our awe (pick gaping jaw off of ground) at his infinite state of being. He was there before the foundation of the world. He is. We are. He is the Uncaused Cause. We only exist because he exists. The very notion of existence exists because he exists. Okay. You get the point.
It’s the end of time. You only got one shot at death. Jesus steps up to the plate.
He’s pinch hitting for me. Jesus is up to bat for me.
So when we win. (Revelation says so) I’m glad He gets the glory.
Because He deserves it. He hit the home-run I would never have been able to hit.
All glory and honor to your name.