Day 23 - The Gospel Explained: What Did Jesus Accomplish?
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ loves us so much. This passage talks in a very special way about how He “chosen us in him before the foundation of the world” and how He “predestined us for adoption”, all “according to the purpose of His will”. What does it mean to be loved before time began, from eternity past? God’s love is older than you, greater than your faults and failings, stronger than your sinful straying, and truer than your broken promises. Nothing you could could earn His love, or lose His love.
How Deep the Father's Love For Us
(Stuart Townend, 1995)
How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory
Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that left Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace which he blessed us in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:3-6)
In eternity past before we were born, God set His love on us. In the gift of His righteous Son, His innocent blood washes the guilty clean. Yesterday, we read of the resurrection hope Jesus achieved for us -- making us new and freeing us from sin to be holy. Ephesians 1 also tells us that God has made it possible for us to live holy and blameless lives. Because of Jesus, being blameless means we’re no longer guilty because we have been justified. In this new identity, we live for the praise of God’s glorious grace.
Not only have we been made holy and blameless, Ephesians tells us that we are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places! Imagine that -- every spiritual blessing is ours! Being adopted as God’s very own children come with tremendous blessings. Can you imagine what it is like to be a son of God? We have privilege of calling God “Father”. As sons, we inherit all that belongs to the family -- all through the work of Jesus Christ. The words of John Newton are true for us: “thou art coming to a King, large petitions with Thee bring for His love and pow’r are such, none could ever ask too much”.
- Do you often feel that you being a Christian comes with no joy or blessing? List the blessings of being in Christ found in Ephesians 1.
- What do you think it means to be God’s adopted child with an inheritance? Give thanks for our Father’s love.
- Encourage one another by reminding each other of how God has shown us examples of His love in the life of your family and friends.
Father, thank You for Your great love for us. While I was still a sinner, You sent Your only Son Jesus Christ to die for me. By His death and resurrection, I am adopted as Your son and You are my Father. Father, I am sorry for the many times I have sinned in thought, word and deed. Please forgive me. I thank You for the assurance that comes through Jesus and His finished work. Holy Spirit, please work in me and make me holy and blameless before you to the praise of Your glorious grace. I pray this in the name of Jesus, my Lord and Saviour, Amen.
- The leaders of the church to have wisdom in their ministry and feeding of the flock.
- The church rebuilding team that they will be sustained in their ministry.
- Struggling Christians who feel that there is no joy in their walk with God, that they will see the spiritual blessings that are ours in Christ.