The Greek preposition en (ἐν) always takes the dative case (sorry about the technical here but in this case it is important). En (ἐν) is translated in, by, with or among. This indicates the means and the position of our choosing. He chose us in, by, and with Him. The dative here carries all of these meanings:
- We are chosen positionally in Christ
- We are chosen instrumentally by Christ
- We are chosen collectively with Christ. This notion of with Christ is validated later in Ephesians 2:6.
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