Day 5 – Ephesians 1v4

…just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
Our verse today unashamedly declares the principle of predestination – the truth that God knows who would respond to Him and who would not.  Some would go further and say that God actually chooses some to be saved and others to perish.  Though this sounds incredibly harsh on God’s part from a human point of view, the fact that God should choose any is simple proof of His mercy.  For my own part I understand the principle of the foreknowledge of God simply in terms of the fact that God exists outside of time.  Time is God’s creation.  Since time is measured essentially by the travel of light, it would seem from the Biblical perspective that time began in Genesis 1v3 when God said, Let there be light.  Since time is a creation of God He must exist outside of that frame work.  Therefore all time, as CS Lewis put it in his novel The Dawn trader, IS NOW to God.  The past is as real to God as the future is.  Though time travel is impossible for human beings, all things are possible for God.  Indeed the very fact that we can even conceive of time travel proves that it is possible for God because later on in Ephesians 3v20 the Scriptures declare, Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think (imagine), according to the power that works in us.
Therefore the reason that God can tell the end from the beginning is because He has already seen the end!  He knows exactly how things will wind up not only because He is the Author of history, but because the future is as real to Him as the present.  Therefore God knows exactly who will respond to His offer of forgiveness and life, and who will reject it.  He knew all of this before He created one thing, so in effect He chose us before the foundation of the world.  He even saw that His creation would need redemption and He decided even then that the great price of that redemption, Christ’s Blood, was worth the cost, because He saw us, He saw our response!
Now God’s choice of us does not negate our own responsibility to respond to God’s love or to act in accordance with His will.  We are still free agents, and so we must choose to live in a way that glorifies God.  The fact that God knows how things will end does not mean that we in turn should live life with a fatalist mindset, telling ourselves what is the point of trying to change anything or share the Gospel with anybody if God has already decreed how it will all turn out.  God knows all things because He is the Beginning and the End, not because He compels us to obey His will.  Far from being fatalistic this Biblical principle of predestination should fill us with overwhelming hope, courage and assurance knowing that the God of the Universe has everything in His hands; He has everything under control!  What is more, God the Son saw the Cross before the foundation of the world, yet He still chose to go through the pain of redemption for that very reason – He had us in His mind right from the very start!
Let that fact – God’s choice of us before the foundation of the world, stir within us today a passion to chose His way over ours in whatever situation or circumstance may be waiting for us. Remember He is already there!
Heavenly Father, thank you that You have chosen us in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.  Help us keep this truth in sharp focus knowing that whatever test we may face or trial we endure that you are there with us and that You are in complete control.
56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”
57 Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?”
58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
John 8
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
Romans 8
6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory,
8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
1 Corinthians 2

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