RICHARD DEAN BROOKS
SINNERS SAVED BY GRACE
7But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8This is why it says:“ When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.” 9( What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? 10He who descended is the very one who ascendeds higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)
4: 8 Psalm 68: 18 pictures God as a conqueror marching to the gates and taking tribute from the fallen city. Paul uses that picture to teach that Christ, in his crucifixion and resurrection, was victorious over Satan. When Christ ascended into heaven, he gave gifts to the church, some of which Paul discusses in Ephesians 4: 11-13.
4: 9 The “lower, earthly regions” may be (1) the earth itself (lowly by comparison to heaven), (2) the grave, or (3) Hades (many believed Hades was the resting place of souls between death and resurrection). However we understand it, Christ is Lord of the whole universe, past, present, and future. Nothing and no one is hidden from him. The Lord of all came to earth and conquered death to rescue all people. No one is beyond his reach.Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible
ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and know that CHRIST alone gives us the unmerrited grace we can't earn and don't deserve but he does so as his love for us!!!SINNERS SAVED BY GRACE!!!
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