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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

OD5

The next phrase in Ephesians 1:4 is, “to be.”  It indicates purpose.  God chose us before the beginning of time for a purpose.  It was not a random act.  The choice was intentional.  The choice was for a reason.  Not a reason of merit on our part.  Rather, God’s purpose.  Rick Warren had it right in the first sentence of The Purpose Driven Life , “It’s not about you.”  This is God’s story.  This is God’s purpose.
Even though we think we have exhausted observing the text, there is still more there.

The next phrase unpacks that purpose we are to be, “holy and blameless.”  On my own I am anything but these things.  Apart from His choice, we are wretched enemies of Christ (compare to Romans 5:6 – 8 and Ephesians 2:1 – 10).  Yet in, by, and with Christ we are holy and blameless.  That was the purpose of God’s choice.

And it gets better…

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