The Freeness of Grace
January fifteen the freeness of grace. But God being rich in mercy because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses made us alive together with Christ by grace. You have been saved and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. If he he's two four six. The decisive act of God in conversion is that he made us alive together with Christ. Even when we were dead in our trespasses. In other words, we were dead to God, we were unresponsive we had no, true, spiritual taste or interest. We had no spiritual eyes for the beauties of Christ. We were simply dead to all that ultimately matters. Then God acted unconditionally before we could do anything to be fit vessels of his presence. He made us alive. He sovereignly awakened us from the sleep of spiritual death to see the glory of Christ Second Corinthians. Four four, the spiritual. Senses that were. Dead miraculously came to life verse four says that this was an act of mercy that is God saw us in our dead nece and pitied us. God saw the terrible wages of sin leading to internal death and misery God being rich in mercy made us alive and the riches of his mercy overflowed to us in our need. What is so remarkable about this text is that Paul breaks the flow of his own sentence in order to insert by grace? You have been saved. God made us alive together with Christ by grace. You have been saved and raised us up with him. Paul is going to say this again in verse eight so why does he break the flow of his own sentence in order? To add it here. What's more the focus is on? God's mercy responding to our miserable plight of deadened. So why does Paul go out of his way to say that it is also by grace that we are saved? I think the answer is that Paul recognizes that here is a perfect opportunity to emphasize the freeness of grace as he describes are dead condition before conversion he realizes that dead. People can't meet conditions if they are to live. There must be a totally unconditional and utterly free act of God to save them. This freedom is the very heart of grace. What act could be more one-sidedly free? And non negotiated then one person raising another from the dead. This is the meaning of grace.