Ephesians 2:4-7 NKJV
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
Paul elaborates on the greatness of God’s love for us as he explains what has already been done, as well as what we have to look forward to. First he points out that when we were spiritually dead because of sin, God made us spiritually alive through Christ. We were identified with Christ in His death and burial, and then in His resurrection, symbolized in our water baptism. That was great but that was not all. Then God raised us up with Christ so we identify with Him in His ascension. We have been seated in Heavenly places in Christ. That’s wonderful, but He is not finished yet. In the ages to come, God is going to show how rich His grace and kindness toward us is. He will be doing good things for us throughout eternity because of His love. We can’t even measure how great God’s love for us is but we can show gratitude and appreciation for it as we give our lives to Him and praise and thank Him daily while we live on this earth. Let us make all we have available to Him and let Him know we are at His service if He needs us for any reason. It’s the least we can do in response to such great love.