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Ephesians, Chapter One, Lesson Two

BLESSED IN CHRIST            Page 5
V. 4 (Cont'd.)

Election                                  Man's Choice

Acts 13:48                               Matthew 11:28
2Timothy 1:9                            John 7:37-38
Ephesians 1:11                         John 3:16

Our response to this wonderful paradox, should be adoration and not explanation. God is very comfortable with both realities, we should be also and praise His name for the gift of our salvation.

** What two impacts should become manifest in our lives as a direct result of our being chosen by God?

1) Holy - hagios, this is the same word used for "saints" in verse one. This is how we stand before God. Totally set apart for His use!

2) Blameless - amomos, lit. "without blemish" or "spotless". This is how we are to stand before men, above reproach for Christs' sake.

We can see both of these concepts represented in Peter's writing. Let's turn to 1Peter to see what he has to say about holy and blameless. cf. 1Peter 1:14-16 and 1Peter 2:12

V. 5 ** Now, back in verse 5, most commentators agree that this verse begins with "In love He predestined us". What does that mean and how does it show love?

"proorizo" lit. - to mark out the boundaries or limits beforehand. God showed His love for me by keeping me from going to far from Himself!

** According to Paul, what have we been predestined to?

The "adoption as sons". Even though we were His enemies, He lovingly set the limits of our rebellion so that we might become adopted into His family as joints heirs with Jesus Christ.
cf. Ephesians 2:1-3, Galatians 4:4-7 and Romans 8:17

** Even though we were mercifully predestined before the foundation of the world, what does verse 5 say about the vehicle of our adoption. Whom did it come through?

". . . through Jesus Christ to Himself . . ." It was Christs' work on the cross alone that could accomplish it! cf. John 14:6

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