Ephesians 1:4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

Greg smiling

We are now entering into dangerous territory, where few Christians dare to tread. In these next few verses we will match the “sovereignty of God” against the free will of man, who thinks he is sovereign. From the text today it is obvious that God chose us, not we Him, but the kicker is He chose us before the foundation of the world, now to understand this,  lets look at a tighter time zone. (Romans 9: 10,11) And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac,  though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad–in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls-( John 6:44)- What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means!, For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” and according to our verse it was done before the foundation of the world.  The unscriptural logic that God predestined those whom He knew would receive Hin is heresy. The example of Isaac and Jacob shows that Jacob was chosen before He had a chance to do anything right or wrong. Not only that Paul teaches elsewhere the very state of being in Christ is something to which one is chosen (Corinthians 1:26-31) Paul says explicitly that the ground of God’s predestination love  is not by mans behavior, but for His good pleasure (vv. 5, 10.)  Anyone who is in right standing with God it is only by the merits of Jesus Christ, and it is only through Christ that we are Holy and Blameless, by imputation. of Christ righteousness on our behave. Paul rejoices that God chooses people for a relationship with Himself, (Romans 8:29-33; 9:6-26; 11:5, 7,28; 16:13; Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Titus 1:1)  Holy and blameless, God will bring His elect all the way from spiritual death to forgiveness of sins in Christ and finally to the elimination of all sin from their experience (Romans 8:29-30)

The Jews considered themselves an elect or chosen people, and wished to monopolize the whole of the Divine love and beneficence. The apostle here shows that God had the Gentiles as much in the contemplation of his mercy and goodness as he had the Jews; and the blessings of the Gospel, now so freely dispensed to them, were the proof that God had thus chosen them, and that his end in giving them the Gospel was the same which he had in view by giving the law to the Jews, viz. that they might be holy and without blame before him. And as his object was the same in respect to them both, they should consider that, as he loved them, so they should love one another: God having provided for each the same blessings, (Gill)

Gregory Lane