Ephesians 2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,

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The first three verses have painted an ugly picture but a truthful one. Mankind is born into sin and dead spiritually, and without hope. That is the last three verses in a nut shell. “But God” what a welcome sight, a breath of fresh air, the sun breaking through the clouds, the light at the end of the tunnel, “But God”. Being rich in mercy, the Greek word “rich” ( plousios ) …. Abounding, abundantly supplied, having more than enough, abundant processions of “Mercy”. (eleos) of God towards men: in general providence; the mercy and clemency of God in providing and offering to man’s salvation by Christ. Why? Because of His great Loved (past tense) us, those in Ephesians 1:5 who were predestined for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ.

The love of God to his chosen people is very great, if we considered who it is that has loved us, God and not man; who is an infinite, unchangeable, and sovereign Being; and his love is like himself, for God is love; it has no heights and depths, and lengths and breadths immeasurable; it admits of no variation nor alteration; and is altogether free, To think that if God saved no one He would be perfectly Just for all are deserving of God’s wrath, “But God” is rich, very Very rich in mercy in saving some.

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. (1John 4:9)

Gregory Lane