When Paul pens this heavenly minded, God glorifying, Christ exalting letter to the Ephesians, he is sitting in a dungy prison cell. As he sits in a dungeon of squalor, the riches of his redemption captivate his mind. Paul was not Superman. He was a man of passions like any other man. When he was beaten, he bled, he hurt, make no mistake about it. But his heart and mind were fixed on the riches of God’s grace. The riches of God’s inheritance in the saints. The riches of God’s mercy. The unsearchable riches of Christ. The riches of His glory. Beloved, there is a power in meditating on gospel truths that enable us to live above our present circumstances. Yes, there is pain and suffering and disappointment in the life of every believer; but, there is Someone greater than all of life’s sorrows, and that Someone is God.

In the first chapter of Ephesians, we learn that we have been chosen by God The Father (Eph 1:3-6). Redeemed by God The Son (Eph 1:7-12). Sealed by God The Holy Spirit (Eph 1:13,14). Oh the riches of God’s grace that has provided for us such a glorious redemption. As we drink the cup and eat bread this morning, may God’s Holy Spirit freshly illuminate our hearts and thoughts to the heavenlies, where our present sorrows and pains are eclipsed by the majesty of God and the riches of our redemption, in Christ Jesus. Selah