By Prayson Daniel
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. 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. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:3-14 ESV)
Thinking That Leads To Praise:
Majesty of God
I am continuously stricken by the Majesty of God as I wrestle with Ephesian 1:3-14 for two weeks now. As I read and reread, write and rewrite and pray and mediated on these infinite awesome words of God, I am stricken by the breadth and length and height and depth, of the love of Tri-une God.
In love, God the Father chooses and adopt us in him through His Son, Christ Jesus before the creation of the world, that in His Son, we are holy and blameless in his sight according with his pleasure and will, to the praise of his glorious grace given to us in the redeeming blood of his Son, Christ Jesus whom the Father loves. God pours his Holy Spirit to all who are predestined in His Son, to protect and preserve until their inheritance as God the Father’s adopted “sons” meaning heirs both male and female in Christ Jesus, is acquired.
In His Son’s redeeming blood, those who are drawn by the Father to his Son(John 6:44) “in Christ Jesus” , are forgiven and appear morally pure and guiltless of their trespasses before the Holy and Righteous Father.
Sovereignty of God
Everything work according to the counsel of his will to the praise of God’s glory. The Mystery of how God is sovereign and human is responsible of his action, is to deep and to wide for me to understand, yet Paul in Ephesian and the rest of the Bible emphasis them.
At the right time “Literally, when the time was ripe” and according to God the Father’s love, pleasure and will, He sent His beloved Son to be despised and rejected by men, to be a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, to be wounded for our transgressions, to be crushed for our iniquities, to be striped for our healing as the Son bear our iniquities to the cross(Isaiah 53) according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God the Father, to be crucified(Acts 2:23 cf 1 Corinthian 2:8), showing His righteousness at the present time, so that He might be just and the justifier of those in His Son(Romans 3:26). All in according to the counsel of his awesome will.
God’s Sovereign Love Expressed
The Father’s sovereign love is revealed at the Cross, and in our adoption, that in Christ Jesus, not only made right with the Father, but also given right to be heirs together with His Son as children of God. This is a gracious gift given freely to us through faith in Christ Jesus, by God and for God thus not of human blood nor will of the flesh, nor the will of man, but of God(John 1:12-13).
Stott captures Gods love at the Cross correctly:
“God does not love us because Christ died for us; Christ died for us because God loved us. If it is God’s wrath that needed to be propitiated, it is God’s love which did the propitiating” John R. W. Stott; The Cross of Christ
The Father set forth in the Son, Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
It is my prayer that God the Father will open your eyes to see the beauty of his Majesty and glory, so as you may delight in the fullness of joy in knowing, loving and proclaiming and hallowing Him in Christ Jesus through the Holy Spirit as you worship Him with joy and delight in Ephesians 1.
More; Father draws to the Son John 10:29, 17:6-9,24