a judge legally giving him the posi tion of a son in the home (Gal. 4:1-4). This made the boy the legal heir of his father’s house. As believers in Christ we, too, are legally placed as sons in the family of God. From the moment of our new birth we are made heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. You may not un derstand how God could love us enough to give salvation, but we know that it has been provided by Christ’s death. The death of Christ on Calvary was no accident. It was part of God’s perfect plan to deliver enslaved sinners. In Exodus 12 we see Israel bound in slavery in the land of Egypt. God provided that if the blood of the lamb was put on the door posts the first-born would be saved. This spoke symbolically of the blood of Christ. “What can wash away my sins? Noth ing but the blood of Jesus. What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” Jesus Christ went to the cross that we might have everlasting life.
er, and the presence of sin. God omits nothing in His plan for us. God makes Christian character pos sible in our lives. All fail and make mistakes but God. He has blessed us with all spiritual blessing in heaven ly places. God had a wonderful end in view when He designed salva tion’s plan. Through Him we are en abled to be holy and without blame before the Lord in love. Before the world, and in our own mirrors, we may appear quite different. God sees us, however, as we are going to be when His grace and love has com pleted the purposes which He has intended. It reminds us of an artist who envisions the finished painting even before it is finished. In Eph. 1:4-5 there are three words that sparkle like diamonds. The first is chosen (vs. 4). Today young people often feel rejected. They seek so des perately to belong and “be in”. Did you know that you are in with God when you accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour? This means you have chosen to be His. Of course, He first chose you. The next is pre destinated (vs. 5). This simply means to determine destiny beforehand. Now, God does not predetermine that some will go to hell and others will go to heaven. Every man born into the world is lost, apart from Christ. He is not willing that any should perish. In His own perfect wisdom and grace, God determined to make us His own. Who could possibly un derstand all of this? All we are called upon to do is to believe the truth. It is not for us to look at some un saved person and wonder if God has chosen him. That is God’s side of the transaction. Our part is to wit ness to the uttermost part of the each, offering the gift of God’s grace to all mankind. The third wonderful word (vs. 5) is adoption. It means placing as a son. It was the Roman custom for the father in a family at the ap pointed time to take his child before Page 42
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