Ephesians 5:1-14 His Grace or DysGrace?
Jesus' intervention for us provided a pleasing sacrifice to God, making us pleasing to God as dearly loved child. Such a gift, such grace, would be understood in Ephesus to generate a proportional, reciprocal response of gratitude and service. Thus, grace initiates an intimate relationship between its patron and recipient that grows stronger with each turn in a beautiful dance. The patronage or benefaction systems of Ephesian society would have expected such joyful and obligatory responses. However, if thanksgiving is instead replaced with entitlement or rejection, the unraveling of the relationship becomes a disgrace or a dysgrace. And the consequences are dire.