- Dead in our transgressions and sins (v. 1)
- Following the ways of the world and selling out to satan’s dominion (v. 2a)
- In obstinate opposition to God (v. 2b)
- Living only for our own wicked cravings (v. 3a)
- The objects of God’s righteous wrath (v. 3b)
The penalty is a death sentence. Yet God made Jesus—the perfect, sinless One—to be sin in our place so that God’s judgment would fall on Jesus Christ instead of us. That is what Paul describes as God’s great love and rich mercy (v. 4).
Mercy means not getting the punishment we should have received.
It would have been enough if God stopped there by showing mercy, but He didn’t! God brought us back to life, saved us from eternal damnation, and raised us up with Christ to a position of honor (vv. 5, 8-9). What did this? God’s amazing grace!
Grace means getting blessings that we never should have received.
God did this in order that we might be trophies of the incomparable riches of His grace and His kindness… (v. 7).
Gordon MacDonald said, “The world can do almost anything as well as or better than the church. You need not be a Christian to build houses, feed the hungry, or heal the sick. There is only one thing the world cannot do. It cannot offer grace.”
So just one question…