The Exceeding Riches of God’s Grace
Bible Text: Ephesians 2:1-7 | Speaker: Pastor James Zaebst | Ephesians 2:1 and 2: Some wrongly conclude that at some point they went looking for God (Romans 3:10-12). God went looking for you (John 6:44). He found you when you were yet His enemy (Romans 5:10 and Colossians 1:21).
Ephesians 2:3-5: All of us were children of wrath and spiritually dead in sins when God demonstrated His great love for us by saving us. The Apostle Paul is a great example (I-Timothy 1:15 and 16). He is our pattern. Paul was not looking for Christ! He was Christ’s enemy (Acts 9:1, 2 and 13). He was not responding to, but kicking against the pricks of conviction by God’s Holy Spirit (Acts 9:3-5). Paul did not look for Christ. Christ laid in wait and intercepted Paul on that road (Acts 9:3). Paul had no interest in Christ. Christ had an interest in Paul (Acts 22:20). Paul had no plans for Christ (Acts 22:3-5) Christ had plans for him (Acts 9:15 and 16).
Ephesians 2:6 and 7: God saves lowly, undeserving sinners that He might showcase the exceeding riches of His grace.
If He saved the best of us, He would showcase our works (Isaiah 64:6).
He saved sinners to demonstrate His love (Romans 5:8).
God demonstrated the exceeding riches of His grace when He drew you (John 12:32) and convicted you (John 16:7 and 8), and when He saved you (Ephesians 2:8).
All the sinner must do is stop running and hiding from God.
God will do all the looking and finding (Revelation 3:20).