Grace, Redemption And A Mystery
When thinking of Ephesians many probably think of grace. One of the letters most famous verses is about grace when Paul writes “For by grace you have been saved.”
However, Paul doesn’t wait until that deep in his epistle to discuss grace. He talks about it early in this writing.
In verse 6 of chapter 1, Paul says about grace, “Which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.” The Father freely extends grace to us. This reminds us of Romans 3:23 where Paul says that “the gift of God is eternal life.” Grace and eternal life have locked arms and are given freely to us. No expectation of anything in return. In fact, we cannot give back to God as He has given to us.
How is this grace given to us? God has given it to us “in the Beloved.” Who is your beloved? Your spouse? Your children? For the Father it is His Son. He bestows His grace on us through His Son, through the work He did on the cross.
Now look at what else we get in the bargain. Not only do we have grace, but “In Him we have redemption through His blood.” We often forget that we were slaves to sin before coming to Christ. How did we get out of this slavery? Christ purchased our freedom in Him with His blood. His death brought us out of a hopeless slavery. Now we have redemption and grace.
What else is connected to this redemption? “The forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which he lavished on us.” Not only has God bestowed grace and redeemed us, but He has forgiven our sins. We are covered by that blood that He redeemed us with. God scans us for our sins and instead sees Christ’s blood. This is done according to the riches of His grace. His grace is piled up in an infinite bank that never runs out. When He bestows that grace on it, He lavishes it on us.
Isn’t that cool? He lavishes grace upon us when He bestows it on us. He forgives our sins when He redeems us through His Son. Paul isn’t finished, though. “In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him.”
God makes known a mystery to us. Who doesn’t like a good mystery? Things that were hidden to Israel before us, are made known to us. What is it? It is Christ. God has given us wisdom and insight that was not previously known in Christ before He came.
What exactly does that mystery in Christ look like? “With a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on earth.” All things are summed up in Christ. What is the answer to the questions we have? Christ.
God bestows His grace upon us. He forgives us through our redemption in Christ. He makes known the mystery of His will to us, which is all things summing up in Christ. It is truly amazing what our God does for us.