Posted March 31, 2014
6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
We’re into our third week of memorizing Ephesians 2:1-10. While verses 1-3 revealed the true crisis humanity found itself in, verse 4 triumphantly interrupted our helpless state with the words “But God…” We discovered a God rich in mercy, love, and grace, particularly seen through His Son. In verse 5, we learned that it’s with Christ that the spiritually dead are made alive. Verses 6 & 7 pick up mid-sentence as Paul continues his train of thought and leads us to the glorious heights that is our salvation.
Made Alive, Raised, & Seated
Not only were we made alive (verse 5), but we were also raised up (verse 6); not just raised up, but also seated with Him (verse 6). We see here that our salvation is a simple one dimensional truth, but rather a multifaceted jewel. What do these three truths have to do with each other? In his commentary on Ephesians, John Stott explains, “These verbs (‘made alive’, ‘raised’ and ‘made to sit’) refer to three successive historical events in the saving career of Jesus, which are normally called the resurrection, the ascension, and the session… What excited our amazement, however, is that now Paul is not writing about Christ but about us. He is affirming not that God quickened, raised, and seated Christ, but that he quickened, raised and seated us with Christ. Fundamental to New Testament Christianity is this concept of the union of God’s people with Christ.” This is astonishing! May our hearts respond in awe and worship.
Our salvation has a trajectory and purpose. What is that purpose? Paul tells us: “so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” The end result of our salvation isn’t simply about us, but rather God! God wants to be seen for the gracious and kind God He is. Kent Hughes says, “He is going to show the all-surpassing riches of his grace to his children in the ‘limitless future, as age succeeds age.’ He will show his grace and kindness before his return, at his return, after his return, and in all ages.” To God be glory in our salvation throughout all eternity!
Song by Aaron Strumpel.
Artwork by Tyler Wohlford.