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Day Eight:  The Joy of Being Chosen and Adopted

Day Eight: The Joy of Being Chosen and Adopted

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The Blessing of Every Spiritual Blessing

Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself,
according to the good pleasure of His will.
Ephesians 1:5

As we have been praying through the book of Ephesians, we’ve previously focused on Ephesians 1:3, which talks about God, “the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, having blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”  It’s important to note that “blessed us” is in the past tense, meaning we have already received these things.  And what have we received?  Read it carefully… “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”  And the word “every” means just that— every, as in each, all, the entire, in totality and without exception. In other words, there are no spiritual blessings we haven’t already received.  None.  And that, in itself, is quite a blessing, don’t you think?

It’s also true we don’t always experience all those blessings today, usually because of our lack of faith or disobedience.  But the reality is those blessings are available to us, right now, for the asking.  This begs the question: What exactly are those spiritual blessings?  As we continue reading in Ephesians, we find some of those blessings laid out for us one after another and, quite honestly, they’re spectacular.  There’s really no other word for it.  So, let’s look at the first one.

We are Chosen Before the Foundation of the World

Ephesians 1:4 says, “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.”  The first blessing we received was that God chose us in Christ before we had time to do anything good or bad or before He discovered anything in us worth choosing, which is more than amazing.  It means (and you can look at Romans 9 to learn more about this) that because of His will, His volition, and what He decided to do, He chose us— who were so undeserving of His love, grace, and mercy— to be just like His Son.  Therefore, we are “holy and without blame before Him in love.”  Holy and blameless… sounds like Jesus, doesn’t it?

Another incredible aspect of this, which we’ve talked about before, is the fact Jude 1:24 says that not only did He choose us to be holy and blameless before Him, but He will also make sure we make it to the finish line in one piece— still holy and “conformed to the image of His Son” (Rom. 8:29).  It says, “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.”  This is one of our spiritual blessings in Him, which should give us great confidence and bolster our faith, especially as we see the growing clouds of persecution and deception right over the horizon.

Predestined for Adoption as Sons

But it gets even better.  Ephesians 1:5, the verse we’ll be praying through today, says, “He predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.”  Think that through.  The term predestined means God predetermined our outcome beforehand and has already decided how this is going to play out.  It says God predestined us, despite our sin, pride, apathy, and failures, or as it says in Romans 5:8, “while we were still sinners”— to be “adopted as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself.”

I love the word “adoption.”  It’s not a Jewish concept but a Roman legal procedure where a person was received into a new family and given all the rights and privileges of the other natural-born children.  Think about that.  Adoption is where someone with no ties or history to a particular family is granted full access to that family as a member, as a child, and equal to the other children in every way.  The Scriptures state God decided to bring us, who were not part of His family (who were actually enemies of His by sin – Rom. 5:10) into His family, not as servants, slaves, second-class citizens, or as independent contractors who have to prove their worth, but as sons.  And if you want to take it one step further, you’ll find in Romans 8 that we’re not only sons of God but also heirs, and the Scripture then dares to say we are “joint heirs” with Jesus Christ Himself (Rom. 8:17).  I know, it’s so amazing, it’s hard to believe.  So read it for yourself.

Today, if you’re looking for something to thank Him for, you can begin with the fact you’re a son of God because of His predetermined choice of you before the foundation of the world to make you just like His Son— “holy and without blame before Him.”  Then, if that wasn’t enough, He chose to bring you into a relationship with Christ unto Himself.  You are not simply granted access into His Kingdom, like a citizen.  But you are invited to dine at His table as His son.  Let the reality of that sink in for a moment.  It should take your breath away.

According to the Good Pleasure of His Will

“But why?” you may ask.  “Why would God do something like that for us?”  Or, make it personal… “for me?”  It’s really simple.  Pride tells us maybe it’s because we’re smarter than others, or perhaps we somehow deserved it because we cuss less than our friends or only watch PG-13 movies… or whatever.  But nothing could be further from the truth.  The Scriptures declare He did it because of His good pleasure.  Specifically, “according to the good pleasure of His will” (Eph. 1:5, 9).

Let me give you a common understanding of what that phrase would sound like if it were written today.  We would say it like this: “having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself… because He wanted to.”  That’s it.  No other reason needs to be given.  He did it because He felt like it, because He chose to.  It was something He wanted to do, and it made Him happy.  It was “according to the good pleasure of His will”… and nothing more.

Surrender and Give Thanks

So, as you pray today, think about what Christ has done for you.  Think about how blessed you are to be a son of God, adopted into His family for no other reason than it brought Him pleasure to do so (Eph.1:5).  I mean, He chose you and me and somehow, in ways we may never understand, it put a smile on His face.  And I’m sure glad it did.  So open up your heart to Him, surrender to Him, and give Him all that you are, because He is so worthy.  As Romans 12:1 states, it is our “reasonable service” or expected response to what He has already done for us.

Remember, you are loved, cherished, and chosen by the Creator of the universe to be like His Son and to have direct access to the Father… His Father and your Father (Heb. 4:6).  After all, you are family.  You are a son of God, predestined for adoption, and “blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Eph. 1:3).  That’s past tense.  You have these blessings now.  Let this truth fill your heart with exceeding joy, unspeakable peace, and profound gratitude as you go about your day, knowing you are a part of God’s family, not because of anything you have done, but because of His great love for you (Eph. 2:4-5).

Time to Pray

And face it, nothing this world has to offer sounds better than what you already have.  It’s just stuff, worthless trinkets and toys— and you are a son of the King.  So begin your prayer time with Him by surrendering your life to the One who called You His own and adopted you into His family.

And we’ll talk more later.

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