Is God Actually Kind? - A Commentary on Ephesians 1:7-10

Ephesians 1:7-10 (NLT) - He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.

Several months ago, a flash flood ripped through our property and overflowed our pond. Huge puddles carpeted the yard. When the rain finally calmed down, my husband asked me to come outside and look at the damage. I didn’t want to. I was cozy in the house, but I felt a nagging feeling that I should go outside anyway.

As my husband inspected the pond, nervously wondering how much the damage was going to cost us, something completely different caught my attention: small fish were flopping wildly in little puddles all over our yard, suffocating and dying. My colorblind husband didn’t notice them.

After several back-breaking hours, we collected hundreds of minnows, bluegills, and tadpoles which had gotten washed onto land. We saved every little creature we could find.

I was stunned by God’s kindness that day. I truly believed He was the one who prompted me to go outside and rescue those little fish. If I hadn’t, hundreds of creatures would have suffered.

Imagine God, the Maker of the universe, caring so greatly for a minnow’s life, which only lasts two years! How much more, then, does He care about us – His adopted children?

Paul explains in Ephesians 1:7-10 that God cares for us so much that He redeemed us. Though we trespassed against Him, He still chose to lavish kindness and grace upon us. Our key verse says, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,” (Ephesians 1:7)

If we look at the Greek word for “redemption,” or “apolytrosis,” in this verse, it means to buy back or pay for. In other words, God (in His compassion for our souls) sent His beautiful Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to buy us back from certain death. By dying, Jesus paid for our souls and gave us salvation and peace. Isaiah says it so wonderfully: