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‘ ButGod, 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, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.’ Ephesians 2 4-8

“The Main thing Paul wants us to stress about in all of this is the sheer, almost unbelievable, magnificent kindness of God. In four short verses he says this in several different ways. God is rich in Mercy, he had loved us with a great love, his sheer grace has saved us, his grace is rich beyond all telling, he have lavished a kindness upon us. Whenever anyone says or implies, that God is after all a bit stingy, or mean, or small minded, look at these verses and think again.” ( Tom Wright)