Series: Ephesians 1: Resources and Responsibilities
Title: "Chosen In Christ" - Part Three
"For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be
holy and blameless in his sight.'" Ephesians 1:4
Many Christians have wrestled with the question, "Did we choose God or did God choose us? Were we predestined before the foundation of the earth to be the sons and daughters of God? On Living Truth this week, Charles Price takes into account both the Old and New Testaments in providing clarity to the scriptural meaning of "predestination", and explains how every Christian was not born 'predestined', but came into being 'predestined' for God's purposes in this world.
In Ephesians 1:3, Paul says, "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ." Every spiritual blessing is all-encompassing. Spiritually, we need nothing more, and the heavenly realms include the cosmos in its entirety. There is nothing bigger and no place left out, so where is it that we receive every spiritual blessing? It is "in Christ", who is the source and substance of the Christian life. To be 'in Christ' is to be in union with Him, where we become the instruments through which He accomplishes His work in this world.
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