GodReflection: Breathing Grace
This is a big idea post.
It is an idea so huge that I can’t grasp it in its entirety. It’s a current reality and a celestial promise I claim because I breath grace.
Paul’s letter to believers in the city of Ephesus is a New Testament show stopper.
I don’t remember how many decades ago it was when I read the Ephesian letter for the first time. But even today I still catch myself uttering a mental “wow” or “unbelievable” as I read Paul’s Ephesian letter in awed belief where repeatedly he describes the power grace breathed into my life.
Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 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. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 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 (Ephesians 2).
So here is a big idea I take from Paul.
My faith placed in Jesus [next post] activates God grace on my behalf and just as He raised Jesus from the dead, through grace he raises me from a dead end life. And in the process God seats me with Him (current tense) in heavenly realities in Christ.
Grace brings me into God’s house as a child in His family. So my Dad (not meant in any way to be irreverent) is the biggest and best Dad on the block. I can live without fear under His protection. At the end of each day I can sit at the family table and share the day’s victories, defeats, and concerns.
Grace makes living in heavenly realms an immediate reality. I live now in the presence of—and in relationship with—God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit. I also suspect from Scripture hints that I may have unseen assistance from Angels on mission from God.
Through Jesus’ body the church, I already live in the presence of brothers and sisters who grow daily in Jesus’ image. And to think—I don’t have to wait until the next reality to be blessed by their lives.
It sounds like God’s breath of grace makes my eternity and heaven experience begin now. So the totality of my reward doesn’t wait until Jesus’ return to start. I live in heavenly realms now.
Just think—tonight at my Father’s table I will feel His love as we talk about my day and His hopes for me.
All because of His grace.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells