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Monday, June 21, 2010

Accepted In The Beloved

Ephesians 1:6 - To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Why is an individual accepted by God?  Is it because they are a good person?  Is it because they have been baptized?  Is it because they are a good citizen?  Is it because they go to church?  Is it because the read their bible, or pray, or help others, or work hard, or haven't committed murder, or adultery, or robbery?  Why is an individual accepted by God?

It does not seem plausible that it would be a result of any personal merit (Ephesians 2:8,9).  We have all broken God's law (James 2:10).  That makes us a transgressor (1 John 3:4).  And because we have transgressed we are condemned (Romans 3:19).  Being condemned we are sure to face a day of judgment (Hebrews 9:27).  It is too late for us to do anything to alter our circumstances through a change of behaviour.  If we managed to life a perfect life from this point forward, which is highly unlikely, we still have all of our past sins.  Present righteousness does not atone for past transgressions!

Thankfully the Bible tells us "he" has made us accepted.  We are not accepted with God because of anything we have done or ever will do but rather because of what he has done.  He did for us what we could never do for ourselves.  It becomes important for us to identify who the beloved is.
Matthew 3:17 - And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Matthew 17:5 - While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
We get in Christ through faith!
 
Ephesians 1:12,13 - That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, . . . .

Trusting in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for salvation (deliverance from the penalty and power of sin) is the means by which the Father makes us accepted in the Son!  Consequently, it is "to the praise of the glory of his grace, . . . ."
 
"On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand"
 
The beloved is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ.  The Father himself identifies him as the beloved.  The conclusion is that the Father makes us "accepted" in his Son.  How do we get in his Son?
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