Blessed, Chosen and Predestined
Last Sunday, we were introduced to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. This week, we dive straight into the message that he has for the church at Ephesus from the Lord.
Paul’s focus in the verses 3-6 is God the Father and what He has done for us in the past. He describes the Father as blessed and One who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. The Blessed Blesser blesses would be a way to describe the Father.
Don’t rush past the blessing He gives us. We are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. Not just some spiritual blessing, but every one of them. Their source is the heavenly places in Christ.
Next, He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world. My wife and I chose to have each of our children. It was a joyous choosing that resulted in some of the greatest days of our lives. God’s choosing of us before the foundation of the world is significantly higher than any joy than we could experience.
What does this choosing consist of? That we would be holy and blameless before Him. That we would be like the Son.
Finally, in love, He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will. People get a bit torn up over the word predestined. They believe that it removes any choice they have in the matter. I prefer to think of it as one of God’s words that I may not fully understand, but accept as how God operates.
We are predestined to adoption. I have several friends who have adopted children. They have brought children who were not naturally born into their family into their family. They treat them as though they were naturally born into their family. This is what we were predestined by God to be. This is according to the kind intention of his will.
What has God done for us in the past? He has blessed us. He has chosen us. He has predestined us. Three words that identify us in Christ and give us an idea of what we are in Him.