Accepted in the Beloved!
Ephesians 1:3-6 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved”
Chosen and accepted in the Beloved before the foundation of the world, what a glorious truth and comfort to the people of God. Praise Him from whom all blessings flow! We were blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ before the world began and these blessings flowed from the purpose and grace of God for His elect.
“Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began” 2 Timothy 1:9
Our acceptance in Christ is solely a work of God from beginning to end. I doubt that many would argue that point, or at least I hope not. The Scriptures seem clear to me that the spiritual blessings that we have been blessed with are ours because of the Sovereign Decrees of God and those decrees were before time, before the foundation of the world. My name is in the Lamb’s book of Life, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world and it is called the book of life because of the decree of election unto eternal life in Christ.
Many questions come to the surface when people speak of eternal things and they can become confusing and can easily be misrepresented. The looming question for many seems to be, to put it simply, when were those spiritual blessings actually ours and what are they exactly? Some say from all eternity (I'm one of them), some say only in time. Does it matter you might ask? Well, whatever is taught in Scripture should matter to us because truth matters and we should diligently search trusting the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth. I certainly learned a valuable lesson just recently in how I use language to convey what I believe and so we must learn to express ourselves rightly lest we convey an erroneous idea, I hope and pray to do that!
For God wills nothing in time but what He willed from eternity.
Grace and Peace!