“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
Riches of Wealth
“Riches” is a term we usually think of more in connection to kings of old, rather than modern wealth. Mainly because back then everything was in cash and real property, instead of numbers residing in bank accounts.
Picture Solomon in all his glory. The Queen of Sheba, bringing “very much” gold and spices and jewels, saw his gilded house, the rich food, the clothing of the servants (let alone the officials), and the number of animals he could afford for burnt offerings. We read that “there was no more breath in her”. Even his tableware, cups, and dishes, were made not of silver, but of gold. Silver was considered as worthless in those days! This wasn’t just a king; this was a rich king.
Solomon’s riches represented how much he owned, how much sway he had in the kingdom and in the global economy. Who else had riches like him?
Not Just Grace
The grace God extended to us by Christ isn’t just grace. It’s rich grace. This grace is extravagant, opulent, and breathtaking, exceeding any other grace imaginable.
How far does God’s grace because of the cross of Christ go? Is grace only available to those who are good or are at least trying, or does God go so far as to give grace to wicked people who are helpless before Him? As Christians, agreeing with the latter answer comes easily to us.
A Traitor’s Sin Is Worse
But surely forgiveness is reluctant and conditional when it concerns the saved person who should know better than to deliberately walk into sin. Isn’t it?
Consider: Jesus sought you out long before you were born. He died on the cross for the sins that you may entertain even now. Yes, you do know better now, but all your sins were still in the future when Jesus gave up His life for you! He already died for all of them, no matter how more heinous they seem because of your level of knowledge.
That’s His Job
God still dispenses grace. That’s what He does. And He loves to do it. Psalm 50:15 records one of the things God wants most. “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”
He delights to give grace to the repentant.
He delights to forgive all your sins.
…According to the riches of His grace.
-Ryan FarringtonRead More