By Gary Amirault

 

“For he chose us in [Christ] BEFORE the creation of the world to be Holy and blameless in his sight. In love he PREDESTINED us to be adopted (placed) as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with HIS pleasure and will — to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us through the One he loves. (Ephesians 1:4-6)

 

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. We are HIS workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which GOD PREPARED BEFOREHAND that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)

 

Ivan Rogers, in his book, “Dropping Hell and Embracing Grace” notes, “‘For he chose us [in Christ]…to be holy and blameless in his sight.’ Notice especially that it doesn’t say we are holy and blameless because we made a decision. It doesn’t say we are holy and blameless because we quit some of our bad habits. It doesn’t say we are holy and blameless because we completed the ‘new believer classes’ at church. It doesn’t say we are holy and blameless because we chose him; but, rather, because ‘he chose us.'”

 

“It’s entirely possible that none of us may appear to be holy and blameless in the sight of others — or even in our own sight. However, our blamelessness is not dependent on the judgment of others, nor on anything we might personally say or do, but, rather, on the divine fiat — or, in plain English: because God declared it to be so!”

 

“The above text (Eph. 1:4-6) also employs the word ‘predestined’ (vs. 5) to make the point that our adoption (placement) was always foremost in God’s thoughts. The heavenly Father’s ‘first-thought’ (not his afterthought) was to adopt the yet uncreated humanity that he intended to bring into the (as yet) uncreated world. In other words, you and i had already been divinely adopted in the mind of God even before he created the universe with its light, space, time, matter, earth, vegetation, animals or the first man and woman.

 

“Some struggle with the concept of predestination, saying, ‘How is it possible for God to adopt all of unborn humanity even before he created our first parents, Adam and Eve?’ Or they say, ‘ How is it possible for God to declare something to be a done-deal before the existence of another thing necessary to make it happen?’ Well, for God it’s easy! He declared (‘made’) Abraham ‘a father of many nations’ even before Abraham had become the father of Isaac, the child of promise (Genesis 17:5-6). Let us remember; he is the God who ‘calls things that are not as though they [already] were.'” (see Romans 4:17) endquote.

 

The writer of Hebrews urges us to “labor to enter into His rest” (Hebrews 4:10) that we do not fall short in unbelief as did Israel. Our greatest struggle, our greatest work, so to speak, is to cease from our own works and BELIEVE we are HIS workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which GOD PREPARED BEFOREHAND that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10) I wrote an article entitled “The Greatest Christian Sin: Unbelief.” It seems, we, Christians, have the very same problem Israel had coming out of slavery. They didn’t really trust God could deliver them. They are an example for us? Do we REALLY believe these Scriptures?

 

God, speaking to Jeremiah said, “Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you…” (Jer 1:4-5, MSG). Dear precious reader, in the light of the above Scriptures, can you see…can you believe…God has holy plans for you? Do you believe God has the power, will and foresight to carry out those Holy plans He predestined and purposed for your life?

So if indeed our spiritual adoption was divinely de jure even
“before the creation of the world,” the following must also be true:

·    BEFORE THERE WAS A PROBLEM, GOD HAD A PLAN (1 COR 2:7): “…we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began”

·    BEFORE THERE WAS A SINNER, THERE WAS A SAVIOR (1 PET 1:20): “He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake”

·    BEFORE THERE WAS GUILT, THERE WAS GRACE (2 TI 1:9):

“This grace was given us to in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time”

      ·    BEFORE THERE WAS PUNISHMENT AND DEATH, THERE WAS PROMISE OF ETERNAL LIFE (TI 1:2):

“[For] a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time…”

 

Oh, God’s promises and declarations about us are so grand and wonderful that our carnal minds stagger at them! Perhaps that is why Jesus focused so strongly on His people’s greatest sin: UNBELIEF. “Oh you of so little faith, why do you doubt!” (Matt. 14:31)

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2 Comments on Holy and Blameless in His Sight

  1. Elwin Roach says:

    An excellent word! It doesn’t leave any doubt about God’s purpose for His creation, and He is not only well able to carry out His purpose; but He will carry it out. If it is not fulfilled in and by Jesus, His death will have been in vain.

    I am sure that when He submitted Himself to the cross, He didn’t have in mind, “I sure hope everyone will make the free will choice to confess me as Lord; but if not, I guess I will have to be satisfied with the small fraction of those who do rightly choose Me over the devil.”

    The mind-sets of people can be so distorted when it comes to God’s simple truths…

  2. Rich Morton says:

    Thanks for sharing this message, this is good food for thought.
    I feel that fear, doubt and disbelief are the three things that are causing us grief.

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