In the last section of Ephesians 2, Paul sums up the message of the entire chapter with a resounding crescendo. After reminding his readers about their past (2:1-3) and what God did to deliver them (2:4-10) – as well as describing the ways Christ brought them peace (2:11-18) – Paul takes the time to sum things up once again. Paul wants his readers – us included – to truly understand the incredible blessings that have been granted to those who know Christ, and by means of three distinct images, he does just that.
After repeating His promises to grant Abraham and Sarah a son, the Bible’s story shifts to focus on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. The Bible is not simply a “feel-good” story of happiness. It also contains demonstrations of God’s holy and righteous judgment. That said, even in the midst of judgment, the kindness and mercy of God are put on display. This story – much like the story of the Flood in Genesis 6-9 – reveals both the righteous wrath of God against sinners and the inconceivable grace of God toward His people.
One of the frustrations of being human is the fact that we are limited. We cannot do everything we want to do, and we cannot keep going endlessly. Eventually, the human body has to stop and rest and sleep. This is often frustrating because there is so much we still wish to get done. We assume that going to sleep or resting means nothing is getting done. However, as Christians, this should not be our mindset. Of all people, we should recognize that work is always getting done – even if we are not the ones doing it. As Christians, we need to recognize and understand that even though we are limited, God is never limited. That means He is always working – even when we cannot.