Thursday, January 4, 2018

"Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,       {Ephesians 1:5}

This verse is crammed with good truths, and I can't even begin to touch on all of this, so I will prayerfully attempt a brief overview. Predestination simply put means that God planned for us to be His children before the creation of the world. Before He put down any soil, tree or plant, our lives were called in Him. What a wonderful Savior.

The Amplified Bible says it this way: "For He foreordained us {destined us, planned in love for us} to be adopted{revealed}.  I like the word revealed here. It is as if we made our debut, at the right time, to fulfill His purposes. The curtain opened when we had the proper Fruit of the Spirit to display God's goodness.

Adoption in verse five is not as we think of adoption. It refers to our position rather than relationship according to Unger's Bible Dictionary. We are placed in the family as sons, in order to showcase our heritage as those who will inherit eternal life, as well as all the spiritual blessings spoken about in verse one.

 The most important thing is that every blessing, gift and privilege comes through Jesus Christ. With out the redemptive blood of Christ, shed for us we could have no access to the Father. Our security clearance would be null and void. We would not have a ticket to ride, or a seat in the car. If God honors Christ's work on the cross with such reverence, so should we. Thank Jesus today for His incredible love, that purchased us to the Father!

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