Chosen – Ephesians 1:3-6

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.”
Ephesians 1:3-6

God the Father chose me in Christ before the foundation of the world, that I should be holy and blameless before Him. He predestined me in love to be adopted as a son through Jesus Christ, to the praise of His glorious grace, blessing me in Christ with every spiritual blessing.

It’s a remarkable place of belonging. A place chosen for me – chosen for each one who is His – before the foundation of the world. And I am not just one of many, a faceless number to a distant God. No, “the Lord knows those who are His” (2 Timothy 2:19). As Psalm 139 so beautifully details, I am seen and known and thought of by a God who intricately wove me together in the womb and has written all my days. A God who is here with me, leading me and holding me fast in His powerful hand, because He has declared I am His.

This is where we stand, the elect who believe in Jesus Christ and have taken refuge in His sacrifice on the cross and victorious resurrection. This is what others who don’t know Christ yet are missing – the fullness, the wholeness, the belonging that come in knowing Him. This is what I, as a witness, must convey: the opportunity to experience and live in a state of being fully known and fully, perfectly, unendingly loved; chosen not because of anything about you but because of everything about the God who freely chose to set His love on you and lavish the riches of His grace upon you forever, to the praise of His glorious grace (Ephesians 1:7-8). The glorious grace of this holy, all-powerful God of love and justice, who came to earth to die to save us from our sin and ourselves and who draws us to Himself in relationship as the Father who will never let us down and never let us go.

“Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it. Yet the LORD set his heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day.”
Deuteronomy 10:14-15

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
1 Peter 2:9-10

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.”
Romans 8:14-16

“And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.’”
Acts 2:38-39

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