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Ephesians Devotional—Week One, Day Two (12/1/09)

Ephesians 1:4-8

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love {5} he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— {6} to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. {7} In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace {8} that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.

When did God make His choice of us? What was the basis of His choice? What was the end or goal of that choice?

By Divine revelation (found in this morning’s text), we have the answers to these questions. First, God made His choice of us before the creation of the world. Second, He chose those who would be in Him (that is, in Christ). [That is, God made a decision in eternity past that His elect would be chosen in His Son. If someone desires to be one of the chosen ones, then he/she could become just that by fully trusting Jesus Christ and committing their life to Him.] And third, the goal of that choice was that He would have people that are holy (set apart) and blameless before Him (in His sight). He wanted to invite human beings into the “inner circle” of the Trinity—that we would know all that He is, and share it with Him!

The same basis for God’s blessings applies to the other ones listed here … predestined unto adoption as sons (through Jesus Christ) … grace which he has freely given us (in the One he loves) … redemption and forgiveness (in him).

In other words, the key to obtaining all of these blessings has to do with whether or not one is in Christ. In Christ we are chosen, adopted as his sons, recipients of his glorious grace, redeemed by his blood, and forgiven of all our sins. There are only two classes of humanity: those who are in Christ and those who remain in Adam.

What a blessing to be in Christ! Our position is solid, and our lives are forever changed! We need only believe in what we already have to experience the joy of what it means to belong to God. When God chooses, adopts, redeems, and forgives He does it completely, intentionally, and with a purpose. Because of Him, our lives are eternally meaningful. God does not make junk.

This is the truth about the believer … ultimately the only actual thing that is true of any of us is what God says!

  1. How does the idea that God chose you before the foundation of the world affect your view of yourself? What will change in your self-perception if you embrace God’s view by faith?
  2. Using a Bible dictionary or online dictionary, look up these words and write out the definitions that you think express the Biblical intent: adoption, redemption, forgiveness. Do you believe these relational concepts are true of you? Are they yours?
  3. What is life like in God’s “inner circle”? What is it like to experience His joy, peace, love, creativity, patience, or goodness? Talk with the Lord about these things, enter into the Holiest by Jesus’ blood (Hebrews 10:19-22).
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