Just as He chose us in Him [Christ} before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:4-6
The above three verses of scripture must surely rank among the most revelatory and awe-inspiring to be found in the entire Bible. Consider again: “For he chose us [in Christ] … to be holy and blameless in his sight.” Notice especially that it doesnt say we are holy and blameless because we made a decision. It doesnt say we are holy and blameless because we quit some of our bad habits. It doesnt say we are holy and blameless because we completed the ‘new believer classes’ at church. It doesnt 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 on divine fiat – or, in plain English: because God declared it to be so!
From Dropping Hell and Empracing Grace by Ivan A. Rogers
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