This is what God has given me today in his word:
For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles– assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, (Ephesians 3:1-2)
Paul, a prisoner for Christ, say’s that he has God’s grace. Paul, I don’t mean to be insulting, but if you had God’s grace, don’t you think you wouldn’t be in prison? I would think, with God’s grace, you would have a couple million drachma, a good house, that sort of thing. After all, that’s what makes up God’s grace, right?
5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:5-6)
Ah, I had the wrong thought of what God’s grace is. It would seem that God’s grace is actually God sending his son to die for me. That’s why Paul seems to so confident he has God’s grace even when he’s in prison; because he does!
And I suppose that goes for us as well. – No matter what situation we may be in, we have God’s grace; God’s means of salvation for all mankind!
You are loved!