July 5, 2019 by directorfsm
Ephesians 2:4-5 (KJV)
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Here we have another But, in the bible demanding that we look at previous verses to get the proper context. Verse 1 “you hath he quickened” or made alive; can only refer to believers. Paul goes on to say we are made alive after being dead in sins, as children of disobedience (followers of Satan). If that was not enough Paul in v.3 insures that He is included we all had our conversation (we all lived the life) as children of wrath (by nature evil).
But God, amazing words, even after all our sinful disobedient ways God is rich in mercy… wherewith he loved us. God loved us, His chosen above all else showing mercy and great love to us.
His mercy and love are manifested in Christ Jesus; hath quickened us together with Christ, our dead sinful ways are made alive and conquered by Christ. Paul notes here what he later spells out in verses 8-10 (by grace ye are saved;). We are redeemed from the old life of wrath (one that can only lead to eternal damnation) and made alive (not some future hope but the guarantee of eternal life) by God’s grace alone. Nothing we have done, can do or will do can save us, it is for God’s own pleasure and glory.
C.H. Surgeon writes: God loved us even when we were dead in sins. His love does not depend upon what we are; it flows from his own heart. It is not love of something good in us; it is love of us because of everything good in him. Here you see the greatness of his grace, in that “he loved us, even when we were dead in sins.”
Resurrection with Christ By Charles Haddon Spurgeon