In the business world the saying goes, “What have you done for me lately?” Here in Ephesians 1, Paul lists what Christ has done for us previously, what he’s doing for us presently, and what he intends to do for us in the future.
We qualify for all these blessings by being “in him.”* But how do we gain access? User name and password? Monthly fee? While we read in 1:13 that it’s by listening and believing in a message about the truth, the facts indicate that we are chosen for this privileged position before the foundation of the world. (1:4)
Let’s set aside for the moment the tempting debate why and how the God of the universe does this and just list what we get in the deal. Here we go. He blesses us with every spiritual blessing. He’s chosen us to be holy and blameless. He’s predestined us to be adopted as his sons and daughters. He lavishes us (1:8) with grace by redeeming and forgiving us. And among many other things, he’s revealed to us the mystery of his will and sealed our fate “in him.”
Why has he done all this? We know he’s kind, gracious and purposeful. But why to me particularly? At the risk of being trite in view of this magnificent theology, all this is above my pay grade.
But when you’re in, you know all these things have been undeniably granted. If we are convinced that we are unworthy of this vaulted position of grace in which we stand (Romans 5:2), we are where we need to be!
Actually, these verses should literally blow our minds. Literally! All that’s left then is worship.
*Reserved in the “heavenly places” or “spiritual realm” for us!