A great truth of the Bible is that we who are in Christ or Christians are chosen.
Verse 4 of the text says, “Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes.
In this simple verse there are four great truths.
- Before the world was made we were on God’s mind
- God loves us
- We are chosen
- God sees us as faultless in His eyes.
Paul tells us that God “chose” us to emphasize the truth that salvation depends totally on God. We are not saved by our own good works or because we deserve it, but because God is gracious and loving and chose to freely give us salvation. Because of Jesus’ death on the cross to pay the price for our sin and our faith and our faith and trust in who He is and what He has done, we are saved. And the good news is that because we are saved and in Christ, we are faultless in His eyes.
Not only are we chosen, but we are adopted too!
Verse 5 of today’s text tells us that, “God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure.”
Again, verse five has a number of great truths.
- God decided in advance
- We are adopted into His eternal family
- It was His idea to save us
- Our salvation gave Him pleasure
God has adopted us into His eternal family. He decided in advance to do this. We are now His children. John 1:12 says, “But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God.”
So, we are chosen, saved and adopted by God.