Yesterday, I posted about how God has made us alive, and seated us with Christ in the heavenly places(Ephesians 2:6). You can read that post here. Today we are going to be looking at why God has done that.
Ephesians 2:7 tells us why we have been made alive and seated in the heavenly places with Christ.
“So that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus…”
We as Christians are examples of the grace of God. In us, the redeemed people of God, the immeasurable riches of God’s grace will be on full display. Now, even now, we are certainly a picture of God’s grace. Seeing our sin, seeing where we’ve come from, knowing who we used to be, and knowing that in Christ we’ve been made new…knowing that in Christ, we’ve been given new life…even now, we are a picture of his grace…
But, in the coming ages, once things are indeed made as they should be…once Christ makes all things right, we as Christians, we as the Church, we as the bride of Christ will be proof positive of the immeasurable grace of God.
I know the term trophy wife has a very negative connotation, but I think in eternity, when all things are redeemed, even this term can be redeemed, and we as the church will be the ultimate trophy wife. We will be a shining example of the kindness and the grace of God. The heavenly host will be dazzled by our beauty…
But, here’s the kicker. As beautiful as we will be…even as beautiful as we are now in the eyes of God the Father(because when he sees us, he sees Christ)…our beauty doesn’t come from ourselves…And because of this fact, we won’t be the ones receiving the praise. Our beauty comes from Christ. Because our beauty comes solely from Christ, God will be the one receiving the praise and God will be receiving the glory.
So, it is through the church, the Bride of Christ, that God has chosen to put the immeasurable riches of his grace on display. Now in part, one day in full. And all of this comes through Christ. All of this is grace…
Tomorrow we shall explore why this is all a work of grace, and why we can’t take credit for what God is doing in and through us, his Church.
Amen. God has purchased us with a great price. And He is by His grace making us His bride who will be pure and spotless before His coming. This will practically happen but not by our efforts. I recommend the book Holiness by J.C. Ryle on this topic.