5 [God] predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.
Ephesians 1:5 New International Version
11 In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will.
Ephesians 1:11 New International Version
Some people believe predestination is about God including some but excluding others from His salvation plan. The truth is that predestination reveals God’s character. Out from God’s great love and good pleasure, He is and has been working out everything to make everyone His own. In other words, salvation was not God’s “Plan B” to fix the fall of creation but rather our spiritual adoption through Jesus Christ. This has always been God’s “Plan A” right even before the foundation of the world.
Adoption in a biblical sense is a coming of age celebration when a son in all legalities, is given the full rights and privileges that belong to him by his father. It is by God’s grace that we were adopted — even though we were neither His children nor heirs by birth or nature (John 1:12), but were “children of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2) and “children of wrath” (Ephesians 2:3).
By adopting us, God gives us everything that belongs to His beloved Son. That means right now you have the same status, standing, inheritance and the same rights as Jesus Himself. You cannot be more blessed in Christ than you already are. As Christ is, so are you in this world (1 John 4:17).
Often our thoughts and prayers carry an incorrect idea that God is somehow holding out on us. And that we need to somewhat manoeuvre to try and manipulate God to give us something we want. This is certainly not the case for God has already given us freely all things in Christ. This lack of trust in God reveals that we have yet to believe and live out our inheritance, position and authority we have as a child of God.
When you cannot believe that God is good, you will end up blaming Him for everything that goes wrong in your life or in the world. This will cause your relationship with God to be tense and uneasy. If you learn to rest in the revelation that your heavenly Father calls you out of His pleasure and purpose, then the confident mystery of God’s love will overshadow the confusing enigma of suffering and fear.
God can turn everything to your good and His glory because everything in life must bend to His plan. All you may see is chaos and confusion, but God sees opportunities and possibilities to reveal your completeness in Christ. The truth is that you are whole and complete in Christ and you lack nothing, no matter how bad your situation might be.
Do I really believe I am blessed right now or still trying to get blessed?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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