“To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved” (Eph. 1:6 NKJ).
Grace has been defined as unmerited favor. This definition is a time-tested treasure, but is inadequate. The beauty of grace is not found in either of these words—unmerited or favor. This definition leaves out the most important words in defining grace, which are seen in the scripture above. They are “in the Beloved” or “in Christ.” The definition can be improved by adding these two words, which will define grace as “unmerited favor in Christ.”
The riches of that favor are hidden in the words “in Christ.” Jesus is the Beloved Son of God. Son of God here means the God-Man, God revealed in the flesh. He is the Son in whom God is well pleased and delighted. In His unmerited and unimaginable favor lavished on humanity, God has called man into being a partaker, to share in the nature and life of His Son. Whatever Jesus is, God has brought you into it. Grace is partaking in the Son of God, in intimate union with Him, to enjoy all the joys and pleasures of His life. We often think of grace as if God has chosen the best things in heaven and given them to us as a gift. No! The gift of grace is His Son. He gave us the status of His Son! In His Son, all of heaven and earth belongs to us! Grace is the call of God into partaking in the divine nature in Christ! This favor is not just unmerited, but inconceivable to the human imagination!
Can you see a definition of grace in Ephesians 1:6 above? Consider the words “by which.”
APPLY THE WORD
God wants us to put His Word to practice, for that is where the blessing is. How can you put the Word above to work? One sure way is to praise the Lord all day, all month, and all year! Another is for you to show grace to someone around you. Thank God for grace today by showing kindness and goodness to others!
In the face of grace, the first prayer is not a request, but an offering of thanksgiving and praise. Why don’t you give God praise and thanksgiving now for His amazing grace?
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