Ephesians 2:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Ephesians 2:7, NIV: in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:7, ESV: so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:7, KJV: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:7, NASB: so that in the ages to come He might show the boundless riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:7, NLT: So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:7, CSB: so that in the coming ages he might display the immeasurable riches of his grace through his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

What does Ephesians 2:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul transitions from past (Ephesians 2:1) to present, and now to the future. One day, God will reveal all of the power and glory of His grace. In Ephesians 1:19 Paul mentioned the "immeasurable greatness" of God's power toward us who believe. Now he speaks of future immeasurable riches. God's greatness is clearly beyond human measurement, both in what we receive now, and in what He has promised us for the future.

God's grace is noted again as a blessing related to divine kindness. God's kindness is intended to lead us to repentance (Romans 2:4). He shows kindness to believers, but judgment toward unbelievers (Romans 11:22). Kindness is also to be displayed in the lives of believers who seek to follow the Lord (2 Corinthians 6:6; Galatians 5:22; Colossians 3:12). Titus 3:4 also speaks of the kindness of Christ in saving us. Grace is a kind gesture of God towards those who believe.