The Berean Expositor
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towards us in Christ Jesus". What does this verse teach? Does it mean that in those
future ages the church of the one body will be recognized as an exhibition of the
exceeding grace of God, by reason of His great mercy that quickened, raised and seated
us in the heavenlies?  Or can it be possible that these blessings are after all only
preliminaries? If the words, "rich in mercy", are sufficient to speak of the blessings that
lead to the seat in the heavenlies, what subsequent blessings are they that shall call forth
the words, "exceeding riches of grace"? The wording of Eph. 2: 7 seems to show that
the blessing that culminates in the seat in the heavenlies is but a beginning, not an end. In
the coming ages the exceeding riches of His grace will be exhibited in kindness toward
us. It seems too good to be true, and that very fact may be a good reason why it should
be true, for we are now in the atmosphere of mercy, love, grace and kindness. If rich
mercy places us at the right hand of God, what may not the exceeding riches of His grace
accomplish? Do not these thoughts throw us back once more to chapter 1: 18, where we
are exhorted to pray that we may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the
riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints? If the ages to come hold out such
blessed prospects, we also remember that it is written concerning our exalted Head, that
He has been raised far above every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in
that which is to come. No added blessing but what will enthrone Christ; no added
kindness but what will be ministered to us "in Christ Jesus."