September 6 – Grace is Heaped

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight  ” – Ephesians 1:7-8 (ESV)

The fourth of six promises we received by faith when we are saved by grace. We are redeemed and forgiven for all our sins and placed in Christ Jesus permanently. If we did not have this assurance from God, we would be in a miserable and dark place. Human nature first thinks that any good thing we have received is according to what we do with our own effort and works. This is why within all the other belief systems in this world, each requires the one to work to be good enough to qualify. This is not so with those who are in Christ Jesus. True Christians who are faith believers do not earn salvation or maintain salvation by their own effort. We have been redeemed not by our good deeds but by the one deed of Jesus Christ who shed his blood and died for us. He paid the penalty we owed and when we believe in Him for what He has done we are forgiven for every failure. All have failed and for those who believe, God applies His work of grace in a lavish way. His forgiveness is for all who believe and is forever.