Scripture text: Ephesians 2: 4-7 Preacher: Rev David Sutherland Date: 5 January 2015
Three weeks ago we temporarily left our continuing study of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians at Chapter 2: 1-3, which summed up the hopeless state of man without Christ. We now take up the study again at 2: 4-7, and with the opening words—”But God”—the story takes a new direction.
This sermon reflects on Paul’s declaration of God’s mercy, expressed as love in the past even when we were His enemies, as grace—appropriate and abundant—in the present, and as kindness “in the coming ages”. We, who have experienced so much of God’s mercy ourselves, are urged to show the same mercy in our dealings with others, regardless of how deserving we perceive them to be.