In The Beloved

onday night during Men’s group I was talking with another man about my shirt (see and click on photo to the left). Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:3-6

I got to thinking about Ephesians 1:5, 6 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. I was struck with this one amazing thought, that I was accepted in the Beloved, I was accepted before I even knew of this savior and His name Jesus, I was accepted while I was still a wretch… NO, NO! not that I accepted the Lord but He accepted me in the Beloved. This all took place before I was born before the foundation of the world. I thought to myself “I am predestined” Me! little ‘ol me, well not so little in size but very little in significance. I was a walking dead man spiritually Ephesians 2:1 and He still by His sovereign choice, chose me regardless. I get it now, I love Him because He first loved me 1 John 4:19, I chose Him because He first chose me. John 15:16

Predestined is an interesting word (proorizo) means to mark out the boundary or limits of a place, thing or person in advance or before. Now I want to be clear here, I’m not talking about double predestination, that God elects some for Hell and some for Heaven, that is not taught in the bible, the bible says we all deserve Hell and all fall short of the glory of God Romans 3:23 and the wages of sin is death Romans 6:23… But God chooses to save some by His grace and mercy. Simply put Predestined means to perform in advance. For me, instead of saying why God? Why choose some and not others? I’m ridiculously happy He chose me. I struggle with this for a very long time until Romans 9:19-23 got a hold of me.

See for yourself:

19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?” 20 On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? 21 Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use? 22 What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? 23 And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, 24  even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles. 25 As He says also in Hosea,“I WILL CALL THOSE WHO WERE NOT MY PEOPLE, `MY PEOPLE,’ AND HER WHO WAS NOT BELOVED, `BELOVED.’” 26 “AND IT SHALL BE THAT IN THE PLACE WHERE IT WAS SAID TO THEM, `YOU ARE NOT MY PEOPLE,’ THERE THEY SHALL BE CALLED SONS OF THE LIVING GOD.”

Who am I to answer back to God… “I am predestined” Accepted in the Beloved and for that I can only say It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 1 Timothy 1:15-17

Soli Deo Gloria

Lenny

 

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