Themes of Ephesians 2 surface again in Romans 5, which should come as no surprise, considering the source. We who needs be reminded often are able to learn once again a deeper truth concerning the principle set forth here, namely, that when we are at our worst, God did his best.
We often use the phrase, “I did my best,” when we return to the dug-out after striking out;
Or when scooping up the casserole off the floor between the kitchen and dinner table;
Or realizing that all the time you spent caulking the bathroom, you used the wrong caulk.
Not so with God. When He gave His best, that’s all He had and He accomplished all He set out to do in giving His best. There was no defeat on His part. Look at what Paul wrote:
- We were dead in trespasses and sins (Eph 2), without strength (Ro 5);
- He made us alive in Christ Jesus (Eph 2), who died for the ungodly while we were still sinners (Ro 5);
- He in his rich mercy loved us (Eph 2), demonstrating that love in Christ’s death (Ro 5);
- We were children of wrath (Eph 2) and are saved from His wrath by His blood (Ro 5);
- We are made alive in Christ (Eph 2), reconciled to God (Ro 5);
- We are saved through faith (Eph 2) by His life (Ro 5).