Ephesians 1:1-2 – Grace

“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:  Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Let’s take a few minutes today to talk about Grace.

Grace is two things:  It is undeserved favor and it is attractive or charming.

Let’s use the example of someone who is at a party.  One of the guests is incredibly rude.  The more he drinks, the louder and more obnoxious he becomes.  The host of the part places his hand on the tipsy guest’s elbow and leads him to the table, where he pulls out the chair and helps the inebriated friend find a seat.  A plate of food is made up and the Graceful host brings it to the drunkard and asks if there is anything else he desires.  At the end of the evening, our host helps this belligerent guest to a taxi and pays the cab driver the approximate fair with a generous tip.

As the cab drives away and the host returns to the party, he does not mention the affair nor slander his guest.

That is Grace.  It is undeserved kindness and favor.  It is attractive and sets a good example for others.

This is exactly what Paul is describing here.  He is outlining God’s treatment of us.  Though we deserve to be thrown out on our ears, God leads us gently by the arm.  We should be shown the door, but God invites to the table.  We are demanding, spoiled and rude but God is gentle, forgiving and gracious.

And Paul’s introduction is a reminder, “Grace…to you from God our Father…”  In other words, you are receiving Grace from God.  Don’t forget it.

Ladies and Gentlemen, you are receiving Grace.  It is a beautiful and undeserved thing.  And we should never, ever forget it.