All Things New - 10.2.2017

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.

- Ephesians 1:3-4 

The human author of these divine words, the Apostle Paul, once hated Jesus and sought to kill his followers. Few people in history stood more opposed to the works and Word of Jesus Christ than Paul (formerly Saul), and yet even he came to believe. How?

It was not by his wisdom, will, or works, but God’s. The same is true of us. The Bible tells us that “no one seeks after God, no not one” (Psalm 14:1-3; 53:1-3; Romans 3:10-12). If sinners are restored to a right relationship with God, it’s not because they took the initiative. God must make the first move. The Apostle John put it this way: “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

So, how does God love his children unto salvation? The Bible reveals an answer for us in a variety of places. Here, in verse 4, we get a wonderfully reassuring piece of the puzzle. We read that God “chose us in him before the foundation of the world.” In one of the great mysteries of Scripture, we learn that our salvation happened according to a plan conceived wholly independent of us, before our world was ever created. The eternal God chose to know us, redeem us, and ultimately restore us to holiness and blamelessness in Christ before the foundation of the world itself!

As you begin your day, remember that God’s relationship with you is therefore far from fickle and fleeting. It is not ultimately the product of your efforts for God, but his gracious efforts for you. It is gracious, intentional, and immutable. Since it ultimately rests on God’s unfailing affection and action for you, not yours for him, you are secure. God doesn’t change; in him there is no shadow of turning (James 1:17). No wonder Paul declares in another letter, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

Child of God: What can separate you from your Father’s love? What can stop His work of redeeming and restoring you? Nothing. Not even you. As you go about your day, fear not. He's got you. He's moving you onward toward glory. 

You’re loved. Don’t forget it.