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The Magnificent Change

September 6, 2010

Peter T. O’Brien on Ephesians 2:4 (“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us“):

“The magnificent change which God has effected is jubilantly sounded forth.  His gracious initiative and sovereign action stand in wonderful contrast with the hopeless condition of fallen humanity which has been described in vv. 1-3.

Men and women outside of Christ were the objects of divine wrath, but God had mercy on them.

We were dead, but he has made us alive with Christ.

We were in bondage to evil powers, but God has seated us with Christ in the heavenly realms.

A completely new situation has arisen because he has taken every necessary step to reverse our condition in sin” (emphasis mine in bold).

Peter T. O’Brien, The Letter to the Ephesians, p. 164.

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