The Exceeding Riches of His Grace
A Sermon on Ephesians 2:7
so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (ESV)
God uses the salvation of guilty and rebellious sinners as a means to bring glory and honor to his name. With Ephesians 2:7, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones brings this convicting truth as he speaks of God's Son, Jesus Christ, who died a cruel and torturous death as a criminal upon a cross. He did not do this so that the world would be a more comfortable place to live, or so that men would become more moral. He did this to redeem a people to the praise of God the Father. For the sin he died to overcome was far more than a simple social phenomenon; it was rebellion against God the Creator. And this world he came to set free from sin was not simply a world that had problems, but it was ruled by the devil, the god of this world. All of creation looked forward to this great act of redemption, from the creation of the world to God allowing the fall, it all finds its meaning in Jesus Christ and his vicarious death on the cross. Because this salvation is of God and wholly of grace, those who receive can never fall away. For all who God begins to save, he will bring to perfection on the last day when he returns.