May 29, 2008

Predestined to Adoption

I've been reading Ephesians for a few weeks. I ended up writing a new song about God's grace and all things being for His glory. Lisa and I started going to a new church and the pastor is teaching through Ephesians.

This morning I read Eph 1:1-6 again. There is so much in that little section of this book. We were chosen before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless. Because God loved us, he predestined us to adoption. Adoption in biblical times, according to my pastor, meant the adopted was equal to any other family member. They were given the same access to all the benefits of the family. We are adopted as sons of the Almighty God. Where else and what other family has eternity in Heaven as one of the things offered? Peace, joy, comfort, rest, provisions. God adopted us into His family with all these benefits, and the biggest and best is salvation from sin.

We were called before God even created us or the world. And we were predestined to this salvation from our sin, just because God decided to do it. Ephesians 2 tells us it's not from our works or something we've done to earn or desire this salvation. We have nothing to boast about. It is all by God's choosing.

Wow!!! I'm so "lucky" that's the case. I can't seem to do much right at all on my own. I'm always mad at myself for something I've done wrong. I'm a disgusting sinner. It is only my God's grace I am saved from this sin.

Praise God for His Grace.