The Pedigree of the Predestined
Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. Ephesians 1: 4-6 NASB
There is an undeniable comfort in knowing who you are. People often waste most of their time and lives trying to find something or someone they identity with and often, they end up losing their identity rather than finding it.
When Paul wrote to the Ephesian church, he addresses something straight from the beginning: Who they are now in Christ. They were ignorant of their identity and Paul reminds them in an exhortation and exaltation of God’s mercy towards them. They were predestined to adoption, according to His will, and praise of His grace! And so, it is with every child of God, brought to spiritual life by the Holy Spirit. Those who were once enemies of God are now His children. Not that they willed it for themselves, but by the gift of God, grace through faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:4-6).
Notice there is no progression when it comes to who the believer is now. When you heard the gospel and believed in Him, you went from enemy to child, foe to family, rebel to royalty. And this was all because of His good pleasure in decreeing your salvation in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 1:4)
How shall we live and act with this knowledge? We should be on our faces, hearts bowed in reverence that the Judge of all the earth would even consider offering us salvation in the first place. And beyond this, to bring us into the Threefold perfect fellowship of Trinity, not only as His friend, but as His child. We are still being sanctified in this life, but praise God that we are now, as we are, justified and seen as the child of the Highest in His eyes. We are His, no longer enemies, or semi-enemies, but children washed clean in the blood of the Lamb. And we would do well to start acting like it.
Lord God, You made us not only alive in Christ, but fellow heirs in Him to share in Your love and grace. Help us, Holy Spirit, to walk in this newness You’ve given us and to not boast in anything but Christ and Christ alone! Forgive us of our forgetfulness and help us to be Your children in this world that desperately needs you. In Christ’s name we ask, amen!
Read over the book of Ephesians and mediate on the goodness of God in who you are in Him! Make sure to take the scriptures in context! Give honor to God for Who He is and what He has done!