You are Accepted in the Beloved

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Ephesians is the greatest revelation ever given to the Church of God, and believers collectively make up the Church of God – we are all members within the spiritual body of Christ. Ephesians shows us the greatest present ever presented to mankind and contains the doctrine (the right believing) of what God has currently given to us. Ephesians shows us how to conduct our lives within the framework of having received the love of God. The first three chapters of Ephesians lays out in great detail what God has given to us, showing us how we are permanently accepted in the beloved, and that we are endowed with the riches of God’s lovingkindness. The last three chapters are the prACTical side of the doctrine showing us how to utilize and walk within the magnificent graces of God that is upon our lives.

Ephesians 1:3 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

“Heavenly places” means all heavenly things, God has blessed us with all heavenly things and it is the Epistles that show us these heavenly things. Romans shows the believer that he was raised with Christ to a new life with God. Ephesians, being the second Epistle of doctrine, picks up where Romans ended and shows the believers that they are blessed in and with heavenly things because we are spiritually seated up where Christ is at God’s own right hand, for we are “in Christ.”

Ephesians 1:4 – According as he {God} hath chosen us {to be} in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in {His} love:

God Himself chose us before the foundation of the world with a purpose, and that purpose is that we “should be holy and without blame before him in love,” and this we are. The word “should” is in relation to the attitude of our hearts, the attitude that God desires that we should see ourselves as God does, holy and without blame, seated before Him in His unending love. When we begin to see ourselves in this elevated and esteemed state in which God has placed us, then life truly begins to take on a whole new meaning, knowing that we truly are blessed with all spiritual blessings immersed in the wonderful love of God.

Ephesians 1:5 – Having predestinated us unto the adoption of {God’s} children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

Predestination relates to our calling, our being chosen before the world began to become God’s children, and this happened because of the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. Becoming God’s own children is the good pleasure of His will, which is freely offered to us in grace.

Ephesians 1:6 – To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein {God’s grace} he hath {past tense} made us accepted in the beloved.

God made us totally “accepted in the beloved”; the beloved is Jesus Christ, for we are now eternally in Christ. The words “made us accepted” means highly favored. These are the same words in the Greek Text that the Angel used for Mary in Luke 1:28, for she conceived the Son of God. We also have received the seed of Christ, (not for 9 months, but forever), thus we are highly favored of God. This is the greatest present that God ever gave to humanity, and is our joy and privilege to know that we have received the greatest gift ever given, and it is ours for eternity.

Predestination (Our Blessing and Our Choice Along with Our Destiny and Future Inheritance – It Is a Done Deal – Yay!)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Paul wrote that it was God who “separated me from my mother’s womb {recall He “lighteth every man that cometh into the world”― John 1:9, and David wrote, “thou art my God from my mother’s belly”― Psalms 22:10}, and {God} called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me” (Galatians 1:15-16), just as He separated YOU, and called YOU, and revealed his Son in YOU! Talk about Planned Parenthood, He preordained it, and has seen that it would happen, and further He predestinated your future to be super glorious with “an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you” (I Peter 1:4). He is the giver of all life, God “holdeth our soul in life” (Psalms 66:9) because we are in the hollow of His hand. “In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind” (Job 12:10)!

And by the way, being preordained and/or predestinated has nothing to do with having no choice in the matter and that everything that we will think, say, and do have already been determined as though we have no choice in the matter. That is nonsensical because God has given us free will and choice (it is an unalienable right)! Predestination has everything to do with where we will end up and what we will receive when we arrive and is already reserved in heaven for us, but not based on anything we can think, say, or do; rather, our destiny and future inheritance has everything to do with what Christ has already done for our redemption. “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will” (Ephesians 1:11).

Romans 8:30:
Moreover whom {you and I} he did predestinate, them {you and I} he also called: and whom {you and I} he called, them {you and I} he also justified: and whom {you and I} he justified, them {you and I} he also glorified.