“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,Love lifted MeLove Lifted Me
made us alive in Christ Even when we were dead in transgressions—
it is by grace you are saved.”
Ephesians 2:4-5 (NIV)
“But because of his great love for us. . . ” We know God has a motive for all He does. It is a simple one. He loves us.
“. . . God, who is rich in mercy. . . .” When we list the attributes of our heavenly Father one of the ones we mention is mercy-the quality of withholding just punishment for our sin. He has enough mercy for even the foulest sinner.
“. . . made us alive in Christ . . .” Because of that mercy, God has given us a new life—one in Jesus. He chose to do this rather than send us to the nether world.
“even when we were dead in transgressions . . .” Because of our wrong doing we can be sentenced to spiritual death and have no way of our own to break free from the domain of the devil, unless Jesus intervenes for us.
“. . . it is by grace you are saved.” God chooses to redeem us from our sinful state out of His great love for us. We call this great love grace. He bestows His love on us even though we are unworthy of any of it.
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