Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 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 to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 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 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. (Ephesians 1:3–8, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “Can I explain how God could have chosen us in Him before the creation of the world? Can I explain the eternal nature of God, the uncreated being? Can I explain a time when there was only God – no matter, no law, no motion, no relation and no space, no time and no beings, only God? God was there and God is not a void! He is the triune God, and He is all there is. Before the creation He was already busy with eternal mercies and a redemptive plan for a mankind not yet created! – A.W. Tozer, “Mornings with Tozer.”
Theologians have pondered these questions for centuries. But who can really know the mind of God? Who can really solve the mystery of election and free will? Certainly not a mere layman like me. We cannot know if we are one of the elect until we place our faith in Christ. A choice we make because He first chose us.
And yet, whosoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. “In accordance with His pleasure and will.” “Freely given to us [free to us] in the One He loves [a high cost to Him].” All this “in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.” Lavish because of the cost to Him. Grace because He was under no moral obligation to offer redemption. Wisdom because it was the only plan of salvation that was sufficient to cancel the penalty of our sins. Understanding because even before He created us He knew we would fall and how must it would cost to pay the penalty. And yet here we are.
My Advice – If you have not already done so, come to the foot of the cross for “redemption through his blood” that was shed there. If you have already been there, give praise “to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ,” He chose you first. We cannot explain it, but we can experience it.