Ephesians 4:7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
But unto every one of us is given grace,…. Which refers to the saints in common, of justifying, pardoning, adopting, sanctifying, and persevering grace, bestowed upon us all, freely and liberally, not grudgingly, and without motive and condition. To the ministers of the Gospel, and so design gifts fitting for the ministry, which each one has, though differing one from another, and all of free grace. For without this gift of Grace we could not fulfill our ministries, nor have the knowledge to teach or preach. And to all Christians are given the amount of Grace for their personal walk and part in the body of Christ. This is key to understanding Ephesians 1:4, He God has chosen Us in Him (Jesus) before the foundation of the world. Like a composer who crafts a symphony, with every note in it proper place before it is played. A sovereign all knowing God would not leave the Body of Christ to chance. Every Christian, every work was orchestrated by the providence of God. This is hard to comprehend seeing as humans we are bound by time. But God being eternal is outside the realms of time, a day is as a thousand years or a thousands years can be contained in one day if God so choses. Who can know the mind of God? Yet it is to Him we put our trust, there is no-one or thing to compare. To us who were called to a glorious adoption, and the to each has God prescribed our suffering, to be conformed to the image of Christ. Why has this idea become to foreign to the church today? We have the impression were called to sunshine and lollipops. And if someone in our church does suffer that then they are getting what they deserve. If Christ suffered, and the Apostles suffered, and the elect Israel suffered, are we something special that we shouldn’t be called to suffer? Let it be to us according to your will “Oh Lord”.