Grace: Part 15

September 12, 2021


Ephesians 1:4

The wonder of God’s grace.

Explain it if you can!

Let me take you back when there was only the eternal, Sovereign, Holy, Righteous Creator God

His existence has always been.

He has never not been.

There has never been a moment when he was not.

There, in that mystery of no time, God, through his divine, gracious, merciful love, bestowed to you and me his act of choosing us to be in his son, Jesus.

    • Eternity past looked to eternity future
    • God seated us in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus
  • And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, Eph. 2:6 NIV
  • For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves… Col. 1:13 NIV

Positional Sanctification: God positioning us in Heaven with Christ by the work he did on the cross.
Psalms 19:1-4 NIV The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world…

There has never been a moment in eternity past or eternity future where God has ever been questioned.

  • It was the created Man that questioned God

Before man was ever created, before sin ever arrived on the scene, before the created had a chance to choose God or not, God chose us out of his absolute love.

That choice was based upon his holiness, his freedom from any sin or blemish.

His choosing was absolutely perfect, right, holy and without fault or blame.

It was never determined based upon who or what the object had done or would do.

It was totally, absolutely based upon his holy choosing.

The wonder of that should cause us to fall on our knees in reverence before him.

His choosing was to produce in us a position of holiness (without blame).

Holiness results in us being blameless

You have been chosen!

You have been given the ability to be holy and blameless in the sight of a Holy God.

  • He sees Christ, his only Son, in your life
  • You are the mystery of eternity past coming to light now

All of creation stands in awe of what God has done in you.

Note: 1 Peter 1:3-12 NIV  

  • They worship their Creator for what he does in the life of a human being

Our salvation is perhaps the greatest moment in all of creation and time.

  • Eternity past reaches its fulfillment in the life of a human when they become born from above

We are the ultimate purpose for God’s love.

Take a way for this week:
We are now in Christ seated in the heavenlies.

  • How should that affect the way you think
  • The way you walk as a child of God
  • The way you see life 
  • The way you see mankind

We have been chosen to be in Christ before there ever was a before!