Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. 5 He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 8 that he lavished on us.
The apostle Paul begins his letter to the Christians in Ephesus with a word of praise to God for what God has done among the Ephesians through the grace of Jesus Christ. Paul makes very clear it is God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the actor, initiator, director of the blessings given to the Ephesian church. A few examples:
- v.3 God “who has blessed us”
- v.4 God “chose us in Christ”
- v.5 God “destined us for adoption”
- v.6 God “freely bestowed on us” (his glorious grace)
- v.7-8 In Christ we have redemption that God “lavished on us
It’s important that all of these things and more were given to the Ephesians an act of love from God the Father through Jesus the Son – not as a reward for their good behavior or faithfulness or whatever. It is simply God’s “good pleasure” (v.5) to do so. God wants good things for the children of God – then and now.
God wants good things for you dear brother/sister. It’s true. Thank you Lord for your grace, for reaching out for us when we rebel against you. Hold us in your care and show us the ways that lead to life. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.