Trophies of Grace (Ephesians 2:7)

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.

 

            Ephesians 1:1-1-0 is a glorious passage in which every Christian finds his or her personal testimony written in the Scripture.  Verses 1-6 have shown a picture of us in our sin, dead to God, and how God then made us alive in Christ.  We saw that God saved his children out of his love, which is one of the reasons for our salvation, though not the only reason.

 

            Verse 7 is yet another reason why God chose to do all that he has done for us.  Ask yourself, “Why would God save me?  Why did he raise me up?  Why did he give me a place in heaven?”  The answer to such questions is in verse 7, and it may be different than you think.  Paul says that God did all this, “so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”  God saved you in order that he might demonstrate something.  He wanted to demonstrate the immeasurable riches of his grace and kindness.

 

            Just imagine this for a moment.  Two angels are walking around in heaven.  One looks to the other and says, “How great are the riches of God’s love and mercy and kindness?”  The other angel would turn to the first, and he would not have to say a word.  He would only have to point.  He would point to me.  Perhaps he would point to you.  And, by pointing us out, he would show the ultimate evidence for anyone to see that God is loving, merciful, gracious, kind, and good.  Why?  I am a sinner.  I have failed God time and time again.  For God to forgive me my sins is glorious.  For God to give me a place in heaven, that is more than glorious, but I don’t have a word to express how great that is.  His riches of mercy and kindness to me have been immeasurable.  And, so if anyone wants to ask at any time if God is merciful, God need only point to me.  I am a demonstration, a proof, an evidence of just how gracious he is.

 

            Take a moment to ponder that for yourself.  When a sports team wins a championship, the members of the team get medals or trophies.  The trophy proves for all to see that you were a part of the winning team.  You, if you are a believer, are a trophy.  You will live as an eternal proof and demonstration of the great love and kindness that God has demonstrated in Jesus Christ.  You, if you are saved,  are a trophy of the grace of God.