Riches of Christ 1

Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

Ephesians 2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

The world is spent in pursuit of riches, pleasure, and happiness. For the true believer, however, they have riches untold in Christ and it comes to them in grace and by grace. The believer has Christ as his or her riches and in Christ alone there is grace and that grace is called (In Ephesians 1:7 above) “the riches of His grace.” While the world goes about collecting riches for this world and those who obtain worldly riches soon die, the true believer that has Christ has spiritual riches that cannot be counted. The riches are spiritual and as such the eye cannot behold them, but the eye of faith knows something of these riches. Only spiritual people can understand spiritual wealth and spiritual riches, which means the world does not see them.

Now it is true that the fleshly mind can consider going to heaven rather than hell a great thing and so think it has a handle on spiritual riches. The fleshly mind can think that it has received grace (though does not truly understand it) and think it has riches of grace, for after all not going to hell is something to be thought highly of. The fleshly mind, however, opposes sovereign grace which is the only kind of grace that there is. The fleshly mind opposes free-grace (when rightly understood) and with enmity in the heart toward the true God will praise its own god for giving him or her grace to escape hell. The fleshly mind has no real concept of sin, though it will admit to some doing things that are somewhat wrong, which tells us that the fleshly mind has no true concept of forgiveness.

The true believer, however, beholds the riches of grace in Christ. The true believer has had the Spirit convince him or her of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. The true believer has felt the awful weight upon his conscience and knows what it is like to know that s/he is worthy of eternal judgment. The true believer has seen something of the thrice holy God and knows that all of his or her sin is against God. The true believer understands that there is no forgiveness but through the blood of Jesus Christ. “Oh how precious is the flow, that makes me white as snow.” The true believer sees and knows that there was and is nothing in him or her that could possibly move God to save him or her. The true believer knows that there is nothing in him or her that is worth saving for his or her own sake. The true believer sees his or her own heart as filthy and knows that s/he has nothing that comes from his own heart that is worth saving, but all good that comes from that heart is by grace.

The glory of grace toward the believer is that it began in eternity past and that God planned to show grace to such an awful sinner before the sinner had being to sin. The glory of this grace is that the forgiveness of sin is in accordance with the riches of grace. If a sinner thinks that forgiveness is in accordance with him or herself or anything to do with his or her own goodness or merit, then the only forgiveness that the sinner can claim is based on his or her own goodness or merit. But the true believer looks to grace alone for forgiveness and knows that his or her forgiveness is in accordance with the riches of His grace. This is to say that the believer can look into the infinite glory of God and know that his or her sins are swallowed up in grace. The true believer can behold the glory of God and the riches of His grace and know that his or her sins are forgiven and that in and by the blood of Christ there is no eternal reckoning required.

The person that has no sin on his or her account before God is truly rich and has the riches of grace which is beyond all that we can think or imagine. There is nothing more precious than having our sins washed away by the blood of Christ and to be escorted into the throne room of the living God on the basis of the Perfect Christ and His Work. What can be more precious than the riches of grace that saves sinners from the wrath of God and gives sinners the presence of God? What can be more precious and be considered as true riches other than Christ and His work on behalf of sinners which He did out of love for the Father? Sinner, behold the riches of grace and live for His glory. Sinner, behold the riches of grace in Christ and pursue holiness based on grace. Sinner, don’t look to your own merit or goodness, but look to Christ. It is yours as a free-gift of free-grace. It is riches untold and may our hearts find rest and peace in that!

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