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Grace: Before and After

June 26, 2011

We are objects of His Workmanship!

Ephesians 2:7-10 (New International Version)

7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast.

10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

I want us to know how God look at us.

Before:

Ephesians 2:3-10 (NIV) All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.

Now:

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved. In order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Oh dear friends let me read this verse to you: In order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

How does God show the incomparable riches of his grace? By expressing his kindness of his grace TO US. TO US. TO US! That means the world will know God incomparable riches of grace THRU US! This means HE IS NO LONGER MAD WITH US BUT PROUD TO SHOW US OFF! That is why Paul then says “We are God’s workmanship!”

Paul hence tells us that we are richly blessed, highly favoured and dearly loved:
Ephesians 5 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Thought of the Day

God is not upset with you; you are His work of art!

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