I think I have preached about grace every time I preached on the fourth Sunday in Lent in Year B. I’m not prepared to go back and look into it very deeply because I don’t think it matters all that much, it speaks mostly to the power of Ephesians 2:1-10. Through the help of a commentary writer¹ I was able to see some new aspects of this (very) familiar text. The significance of the beginning of this chapter had never stood out to me before; Paul begins with a reminder that we were dead. A common metaphor to be sure, but what if it were more than a simple metaphor? What if were in a very real sense “dead”?
We spent some time on these questions and the implications and, perhaps, some answers. I hope you get some good things from these words. I hope it helps you re-think what you know about grace.
¹The commenter in this case is Dr. Walter Brueggemann . . . again.