Bill Stockham | PentecostalTheology.com
“For HE CHOSE US IN HIM before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love HE PREDESTINED US FOR ADOPTION TO SONSHIP THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, IN ACCORDANCE WITH HIS PLEASURE AND WILL…“ (Eph. 1:4-5) [It is the purpose of God that at just the right time we would become his adopted children (His “who-so-ever-will family), and so have a right to all the privileges and to the inheritance of children!] “…to the praise of his glorious grace, which HE HAS FREELY GIVEN US in the One he loves. In him we have REDEMPTION through his blood, the FORGIVENESS OF SINS, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace…” (Eph. 1:6-7) [All is OF GOD, and FROM HIM, and THROUGH HIM, and therefore ALL MUST BE TO HIM, and focus in his praise. THE GLORY OF GOD is his own end, and IT SHOULD BE OURS IN ALL THAT WE DO.] “…God’s grace that he lavished [heaped] on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure…TO BRING UNITY to all things in heaven and ON EARTH UNDER CHRIST.” (Eph. 1:7-10) [It is our great privilege to be accepted of God, WHICH IMPLIES HIS LOVE TO US and his TAKING US under his care and INTO HIS FAMILY. We cannot be accepted of God, except through Jesus Christ!] “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, THE PROMISED HOLY SPIRIT, who is a deposit GUARANTEEING OUR INHERITANCE until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.” (Eph. 1:13-14) [See how this promise is fulfilled…] “…the Spirit you received BROUGHT ABOUT YOUR ADOPTION TO SONSHIP. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that WE ARE GOD’S CHILDREN. Now if we are children, then we are…heirs of God and CO-HEIRS WITH CHRIST…” (Rom. 8:15-17) ”…remember…you who are Gentiles…and called “uncircumcised” …at that time YOU WERE SEPARATE FROM CHRIST, excluded from citizenship in Israel…BUT NOW in Christ Jesus you who once were far away HAVE BEEN BROUGHT NEAR BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. For he himself is our peace, who has MADE THE TWO GROUPS ONE…and IN ONE BODY TO RECONCILE BOTH OF THEM [us] TO GOD THROUGH THE CROSS…” (Eph. 2:11-13, 14-16)
Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that WE ARE GOD’S CHILDREN. NOW IF WE ARE CHILDREN, THEN WE ARE HEIRS OF GOD AND JOINT-HEIRS WITH CHRIST!