Skip to main content

Ephesians 6:24: Grace and Love

Ephesians 6:24
[24] Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible. (ESV)

Grace and love.  Beautiful words.  Final words in this magnificent letter from the Apostle Paul to the church at Ephesus and to us, followers of Jesus Christ today.  Let's talk more about these words.  These are words that he has spoken of all through this letter.  Perhaps this is why Ephesians is my favorite book of the Bible.  The themes of God's grace and love are so encouraging.

Grace.  In the famous verse from Ephesians 2:8 we learn that it is by grace that we have been saved, and not by our own works.  Is there anything more wonderful than that?  None of the so-called good works that we could ever attempt can even come close to providing for our salvation from our sinful nature. God looks at our sinful state, and in love, pours out his grace to us.

Love. This word is used a lot in our culture.  And very rarely is it used properly.  Most of the time that we use the word love we really mean lust.  We have selfish motivations that come from our wicked hearts.  We say love to get things that we want.  God looks at us and loves us, even in our sinful state.  We look at others and refuse to love them because they cannot give us what we want.

These concepts of love and grace can only be understood as they are defined by God himself.  Grace is God's favor towards us that we do not deserve.  Love is demonstrated in the sacrifice of Christ himself shedding his blood for rebellious sinners. So as we finish up this wonderful letter to Ephesus think on these words.  Grace. Love.  You would know nothing of either one if it were not for Christ reaching out to you. What should your response be?

Love incorruptible.

Love the Lord with all of your heart.  Everything else will fall into place after that. 


Popular posts from this blog

Romans 8:18: For I Consider That The Sufferings Of This Present Time Are Not Worth Comparing

Romans 8:18 [18] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (ESV) Perspective. What an important word. Let's be honest. We do not like the idea of suffering. We will do almost anything to avoid any kind of suffering. Some churches have gone so far as to preach against the idea of suffering, declaring it to not be a part of the true believer's life. Paul is not shy about the topic. Paul uses the sufferings of this present time as a means to consider the greater glory that awaits us. Perspective. Paul is not in any way attempting to diminish our suffering. A view toward eternity puts our suffering in a proper understanding. Yes, our suffering is terrible. In the grand scheme of eternity it is not even worth comparison. Maybe you are thinking that Paul does not know what he is talking about when it comes to suffering. In 2 Corinthians 11 Paul describes countless beatings, often near death,

Romans 11:24: For If You Were Cut From What Is By Nature A Wild Olive Tree, And Grafted, Contrary To Nature, Into A Cultivated Olive Tree . . .

Romans 11:24 [24] For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree. (ESV) We continue looking at the illustration of an olive tree. The root of the tree is the covenant relationship relationship of God with Abraham. Abraham's faith is what this spiritual tree is built on. The first branches would have been the faithful people of Israel, who like Abraham, placed their faith in God. They believed God, just like Abraham, and it was credited to them as righteousness. There were branches of the people of Israel who never placed their faith in God. Because these branches were not true followers of God they were broken off of the tree. Faith in God was the essential element that made the branches true branches of this spiritual tree. Some branches remained. Others, the faithless unbelievers, were removed. After Jesu

Romans 3:18: There Is No Fear Of God Before Their Eyes

Romans 3:18 [18] “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (ESV) Should we be terrified of God? There are many who think that God is only a God of love and not to be feared at all. Is God a God of judgment? The Apostle Paul is going to bring us some perspective on how how we should approach God. This verse is a quote from the Old Testament and is a statement on the overall condition of humankind in every generation. First of all, we are going to need to define the word "fear." This idea of fear is not necessarily terror, but rather it is a healthy sense of awe of God's greatness. It is astounding how man can look at God, and see all that he has made, and not be overwhelmed by a sense of awe at his greatness. I think of how man has come up with a theory of evolution primarily to excuse their ignoring of God. As a result of ignoring God's greatness and refusing to give him the glory that he deserves there is another aspect of fear that man should have. Man