Ephesians 1:5-6 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.
God predestined us for adoption. He chose, before the world even began, to make us sons and daughters. So often we see family terminology used in the Bible to describe our relationship with God. He is our Father, we are heirs, adopted sons. We can’t choose our own family members, but God can and did choose His. If you’re in Christ, God chose you. You are His and He is yours. And He chose you with a purpose.
God’s will is that we would bring Him glory. His main purpose is not merely our redemption but that His holy name would be praised through our redemption. He wants to pour out His goodness and grace on us in Jesus Christ for His glory.
There is nothing quite like the knowledge that you’ve been chosen by God Almighty to be part of His family to carry out His purpose. But what are you going to do with that knowledge? What will you do with that feeling you get from it? He’s equipped you, so what are you doing to act on this fact?
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?