to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.Ephesians 1:6(NASB)
There is probably no higher pinnacle of praise to the glorious grace of God than the first few chapters of Ephesians and there is possibly no more staggering truth for believers than to be accepted in the Beloved. We are accepted by God simply because we trust in Jesus but because we are in Christ, God looks at you and me if He were looking at Jesus. The moment we believed, we were baptized into Christ’s body and we became a member of His body, a child of God and a part in His Church.
Oh! I don’t mean denomination membership – but a part of His Body. Nor do I mean baptised with water, but placed / baptised into Christ. This is staggering, and we would do well to reflect on its consequences. We were born in Adam and God saw us as dead in trespasses and sins. We then believed in Jesus and were born-again in-Christ, baptised into His Body, part of His Church, sons of God and accepted in the Beloved.
WOW! No matter what you have said or done you are accepted in the Beloved. No matter what sins you have committed or will commit in the future, you are accepted in the Beloved. No matter how gross your life was you remain accepted in Him and even if you stray far from God, He still accepts you in Christ, because you are accepted in His Beloved Son, so that when God looks at YOU He see you as being placed INTO Christ.
Some Christian’s suggest that this only applies to ‘good’ Christians or ‘spiritual’ believers, but this distort the character of God for it implies that YOU have to do something to stay saved or to remain accepted. Some say that you, yourself can remove yourself from out of His hands, while others worry that they have committed an unforgivable sin, but on both counts - this would be a slur on the character of God, for it implies that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was not sufficient – and it is.
If you have trusted in Jesus as saviour you are born again and accepted in Him. Some Christians say that this is too easy and encourages believers into licentious living and a careless attitude, but I suggest to you that as a believer grows and matures in the faith and starts to see the incredible, glorious grace of God and the staggering truth that is outlined in the first few chapters of Ephesians, it will open your eyes to that amazing love of the Father.
Loving heavenly Father, I just want to praise Your wonderful name for Your glorious grace towards me, Whom You have made accepted in Christ and if I only have eternity to thank Your for this staggering privilege it would not be enough – thank You in Jesus name, AMEN.
Heavenly Father, I just want to praise Your wonderful name for Your glorious grace towards me, Whom You have made accepted in Christ and if I only have eternity to thank Your for this staggering privilege it would not be enough – thank You in Jesus name, AMEN.
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