Ephesians 1:5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
What’s the foremost priority on God’s agenda? Honestly, you and I will probably never know the answer to that question, but consider the fact that before He created anything and brought a single thing into being, He predestined us to be adopted into His family. That’s pretty big.
In fact, that’s unfathomable. The Creator took you and me into consideration and decided that He’d like to adopt us before He even made time. Does that seem a little bit amazing to you? Now, people focus on the whole argument surrounding predestination, but I think they’re missing the real point. God wanted you in His family. He wanted me. He created a rescue plan for us and sent His Rescuer to redeem us and ransom us from this lost world so that we might be part of His kingdom.
Somehow, your adoption into God’s family as His own fits into His grand plan. It says so right in this letter to the Ephesians that God inspired Paul to write. “According to the purpose of His will,” you have been grafted in as one of God’s people. How does that change the way you live your life?
Ephesians 1:4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love
There are few doctrines within Christianity that are more controversial than that of predestination, which Paul speaks on a lot in his letter to the Ephesians. Many Christians shy away from talking about the subject, but we need not fear discussion about something that God spoke about in His Word. As John Calvin is quoted as saying, “No doctrine is more useful, as long as it is handled properly.”
As Christ followers, there are certain things we need to know about our identity. I’ve mentioned the importance of knowing that we’ve been adopted into the family of God as a result of Jesus Christ’s completed work on the cross, but there’s more to it. You did not just choose to follow Christ, you were chosen in Him. That phrase “in Him” sometimes slips by us as we ready, but it’s vital to our understanding of who we are as God’s children.
Adoption, in earthly terms, implies that a family has chosen a child that will become one of them and take on their identity. The child does not choose the parents, the parents rather choose the child. God has revealed in His Word that we have not chosen Him, He has chosen us. He chose us “in Christ,” which means we were only capable of ever being adopted because of Christ. Does this mean we didn’t have a choice in the matter?
Well, we have plenty of time to get into that as we study the rest of Ephesians, but here’s a quote to get you thinking more:
“Those who do not believe are responsible for the fact that they do not believe and will perish as a result. But those who believe, believe by the grace and mercy of God and walk in the fear of God, living holy and blameless in Christ by love.”
– Heinrich Bullinger