EPHESIANS‬ ‭2:1-10‬‬‬

“Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else. But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

Ephesians‬ ‭2:1-10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Gods grace is a feature of his creation. The whole story of Christ revolves around it, is powered by it and serves it. In his infinite wisdom, he saw fit to create a system that could simultaneously allow for his justice to coexist with his mercy. This, in itself is profound and miraculous, but he also crafted that system in a way that we as recipients, could become participants. As receivers of his grace, we are actually very empowered to become givers of his grace. This is a profoundly convincing spectacle of the cleverness of God’s design. It is fluid and self perpetuating. The key to participating in it is to let it do what it is designed to do. We must not take credit for it or control from it. If we can manage to hold back the impulse to try to bottle it, and exploit it, then our lives will be amazing testimonies to God’s power and love and become shining beacons to those who are lost. But we must resist that urge. This is often the hardest thing for a new believer to do.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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