Ephesians 1_4-5

Ephesians 1:3-4 (ESV)  - 3 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, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.

I’m taking a break from Nehemiah this week and thought I would look at a couple of verses from a bible study a few weeks back. Just a few very quick thoughts, especially focusing on verse 4.

These are arguably some of the most liberating verses in all of scripture and there are 4 words in particular, found in verse 4, that strike me: chose, before, holy and blameless.

Chose

I think it is amazing as well as a complete mystery, all at the same time, to think that God chose us to be His. We didn’t chose Him because that would give us something to boast about; He picked us out and to use an old fashion word, wooed us and then we said yes. Why He chose us is a mystery, but I am so thankful that He did!

Before

This part of the verse is so important because it shows us that Jesus wasn’t Plan B, C or D! Jesus was always plan A! Even though God foreknew we would rebel and reject His love He still went through with creation. God knew He would have to send part of Himself in Jesus to die for the very creation He brought into existence! Wow! He knew the pain and suffering it would cause, yet because of His great love, He still went through with it.  He planned Jesus from before the foundation of the world and this just blows my mind! We tend to avoid things we know will bring us pain, but NOT God!

Holy

God chose us to by Holy! This doesn’t mean we are perfect and a different class above everyone else; God is, but not us! Our holiness means we are distinct from the world and because of this people will know we have been with Jesus. We are separate from the world, yet at the same time, very much living in the world. Our holiness will show Jesus to those who need to find Him.

Blameless

Now this really is a mind bender! We were guilty of sin, yet, God in His mercy through Christ chooses us to be blameless! We’re not getting off on some kind of technicality like we often see in a publicised court case on the news. We are now declared innocent of all guilt and sin because Jesus paid the price! Does this mean we can live as we please? Of course not! That’s called grace abuse and if we are thinking like that then perhaps we don’t fully understand the grace of God. God sees us and declares us as blameless because of the work of the cross!

God bless,

Gavin