"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us...hath quickened us together with Christ” Ephesians 2:4-5.
Do not sin just because the promises of mercy exceed your sins as far as God in His greatness surpasses the creature. It is as if your servant should find your cellar of strong wines and become drunk, when you keep them only to help those get well who are sick. Be careful not to misuse the holy vessels of the sanctuary of God's mercy. It is the sorrowing soul, not the sinning soul, which this wine of consolation belongs to.
Faith provides witness to whom God's promise has been fulfilled. God verifies His fulfilled promises by working through the weaknesses of the faithful cloud of witnesses. He would never have left the saints' great blots in the Scriptures open to the inspection of all succeeding generations if He had not intended to help tempted souls overcome this fearful temptation to doubt His promise of mercy.
Paul gives this very reason why such acts of pardoning mercy to great sinners are recorded. He shows first what filthy creatures he and other believers were before they were made partakers of Gospel grace. "Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh" Ephesians 2:3. Then he magnifies the rich mercy of God, which rescued and took them out of that damned state. "But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us... hath quickened us together with Christ" Ephesians 2:4-5.
But God designed His plan of mercy to cover more generations then the contemporaries of Paul. "That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus" Ephesians 2:7. Wherever the Gospel comes, even to the end of the world, the records of God's mercy will stop the mouth of unbelief. And this arrow on Satan's string will be made headless and harmless.”
Quoted material from, ”The Christian in Complete Armour Daily Readings in Spiritual Warfare” by Gurnall and James S Bell. http://www.moodypublishers.com/pub_productDetail.aspx?id=41823&pid=53617
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