GOD IS FOR US
By John N. Baker
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ."(verse 3) Our hearts rejoice as we meditate on what the Triune God has done for us.
God the Father ... a) Has chosen us in Christ before the foundation of the world, and He chose us for a purpose: to be holy and without blame before Him (v. 4). b) Has adopted us. God has given us an "adult" standing in the household of God. We not only have full privileges, but full responsibility too(v. 5). c) Has accepted us. He has engraced us (literal translation) in the Beloved One. Because of God's grace in Christ, we are accepted before Him (v. 6).
God the Son ... a) Has redeemed us. The believer is redeemed from the penalty of sin (justification), from the power of sin (sanctification), and one day, at the Rapture, from the very presence of sin (glorification) (v. 7). b) Has forgiven us. The word forgive means "to carry away." No accusations stand against us because our sins have been taken away (v. 7). c) Has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence making known the mystery of His will, giving us an inheritance in the dispensation of the fulness of times when He shall gather together in one all things in Christ (vs. 8-11). God the Holy Spirit... a) Has sealed us. "After. .. [hearing] the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation ... [ when] ye believed, ye were sealed with [the] Spirit" (v. 13). This speaks of a finished transaction and implies ownership (I Cor. 6:19, 20), guarantees security (John 14:16-17), and attests to the genuineness of the believer (Rom. 8:9). b) Has given us Himself as an earnest. This down payment guarantees more to come. We are assured that God will finish His work in us and eventually bring us to Glory. Why has God the Father chosen us, adopted us, and accepted us? "To the praise of the glory of His grace" (v. 6).
Why has God the Son redeemed us, forgiven us, revealed His will to us? "That we should be to the praise of His glory" (v. 12). Why has God the Spirit sealed us and is Himself the guarantee of our future glory? "Unto the praise of His glory" (v. 14). He has blessed us that He might be glorified!
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