“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love. Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.”
This is one of the most profound passages of Scripture to me. This tells us of God’s plan to reconcile us unto him, even before this world existed. Some would read this and think it is somewhat of an unfair statement because it indicates that those who are in Christ were somehow chosen and the rest of the world is left to perish in sin. However, this by no means condemns any man in his sin. In fact this Word offers hope to those who are yet lost and who desire to rest in the Lord.
Do you know who you are? According to Christ? The sacrifice on the cross was a means of redemption for you and I. You see God loved us, even before Christ walked the earth. In the days of Moses, God loved man. He loved him when Adam was created and even loved him when the world was destroyed in the days of Noah. The events in the Old Testament were allowed to take place to show man that we are incapable of cleansing ourselves even through the law given by God through Moses. In our best-perceived state of righteousness we are unequipped to live a life of holiness unto the Lord. While we are made in the image of the Lord we were historically victims of our fleshly pride. We sought to place ourselves on the same level of understanding with God by ignoring His commands and seeking our own way to salvation. But salvation by our works was never the plan.
Adam was given one command and failed. The children of Israel were given an initial 10, and in their zeal, sent Moses to hear more from God resulting in an additional 196 commandments. None of which man could keep. Not because there was anything wrong with the law but in our flesh, an enmity to God.
But today, those who are in Christ Jesus are not here by happenstance or by coincidence. You were predestined by God Himself to be a child of His. While we were in sin, at our worst possible and embarrassing state, God knew it and saw it. We thought we had gotten away with some dirt but the things we did, weren’t such a secret after all. God in his longsuffering let us continue our lives of chaos and sin and allowed the enemy to run us into His arms. One say we cried out saying, enough, and the Lord heard our plea. By His Spirit we were drawn to Him and given place in His family.
Many say, “I found the Lord” but the truth is He found us. His love pursued us as a cunning hunter; the Lord allowed us to trap ourselves with foolish decisions and clouded judgment. Every unrighteous choice, bad call, sinful act, failure, hurt, fear, they all were a small portion of the road map that lead to Christ.
“Predestined us unto the adoption of children” is an awesome thought but not an unfair one. You see the Word tells us that God so loved the world that He gave…” This means anyone or whosoever calls on the Lord shall be saved. Everyone has opportunity to become a child of God through Jesus.
Yes, we are chosen. Chosen to be children and heirs. While it may be good to be born into a certain family, there is more valuable in being chosen. When you get chosen, it means someone came looking for you. It means the person who chose you didn’t mind your faults and shortcomings. It meant they were willing to deal with all of your hang-ups and fears. They came after you even after you ad done all the things you’d done. They had a choice but still they desired you.
Before the foundation of the world, we were chosen to be holy, or set apart, and without blame, meaning acceptable as sacrifices, before him in love. Chosen, by choice, in spite of us. If you ever think you are not valuable and have worth, I ask you to stop and think of whom you are all of the good and bad, then think, in spite of this I have been chosen to be a child and to receive an inheritance. Predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own.