…[God] chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 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 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
(from Ephesians chapter 1)
For most of Paul’s (wordy) letters, I have to read each sentence four or five times before I start to wrap my mind around all the prepositional phrases! Paul might be wordy but his writing is power-packed with fervor and passion and beautifully vibrant words. I love imagining God lavishing the riches of His grace on me. What a beautiful picture– copious amounts of valuable treasure being poured on me, on us. That treasure is His grace. And that treasure takes away my sin, forgiving me fully and completely for all my bad thoughts, terrible attitudes, unkind words, bitterness, selfishness, envy, pride and any other sin that I have ever (or will ever) entertain/ed.
Grace, grace, God's grace, grace that will pardon and cleanse within; grace, grace, God's grace, grace that is greater than all our sin! (Text: Julia H. Johnston Music: Daniel B. Towner )