“Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come” (Eph 1:21).
Jesus said that He came that we might have life, and have it more abundantly. When He died on the cross, He took our place. We died in Him, and were raised with Him to a new life. A life that is abundant – one that is far above the life we knew before.
We were enemies of God, now we are friends. We were slaves to sin; now we are sons and daughters of righteousness. We were under the Law; now we are under Grace. The old life condemned us; the new life empowers us!
Now that we are pardoned, why do we insist on continually bringing our failures before the Lord. Is it that we do not really believe He has forgiven us?
“Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retaineth not his anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:18-19)
Or, dare we suppose that our penitent prayers somehow move God to show us more of His kindness and mercy. Wouldn’t it be far more pleasing to God if we took Him at His word – embracing the unmerited favor of His mercy, and experiencing the prevailing power of His Grace?
Perhaps now Paul’s own words will provide the final push we need to change our way of thinking….so Christ can change our way of living.
“Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God.
“All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.
“But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For He raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:1-6)
It is His Mercy that pardons us and blesses us with unmerited favor. It is His Grace that empowers us to live a life that is far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.
Isn’t it time we each began living that life?
If we will – then we will surely see a Grace Awakening in our world!