Read: Ephesians 1
In love he predestined us. (vv. 4-5)
Paul says that “in love” God predestined us. Predestined love. Is it possible to plan for love? Predestined love is a deep mystery. Our heavenly Father takes the initiative in loving us: he chose, predestined, and planned to love and forgive us, even though we are unfaithful. In Ephesians 1, predestination pertains to God’s merciful love in salvation; yet God’s ultimate plan is for us to be holy and blameless, adopted, redeemed, forgiven, united, and reconciled. Therefore we have a future inheritance and hope.
The blessing of predestination results in the praise of God. Ephesians 1 is a liturgy, a prayer, and a praise; it begins with “blessing” (four times) and ends with “praise” (three times) to God’s glory. One flows from the other. It celebrates a huge jug of refreshing blessing intentionally gushed down upon dry, thirsty human souls. I remember years ago the ecstatic gratitude that my wife and I felt when out of the blue my parents gave a large amount to help with our house down payment. Wonderful good abundance washed over us.
God has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing, with redemption, adoption, forgiveness, and hope. Caspar Ten Boom, father of Holocaust survivor Corrie Ten Boom, once explained, “Predestination means that the ground on which I build my hope lies not in myself but in God’s faithfulness.” How good to know our life and salvation ultimately rest on God, not us. —Michael Andres
Prayer: Loving Father, I rest alone in your redemptive plan.