Ephesians 1:11,12

chosenEph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, be­ing predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Eph 1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

What a wonderful thing that we are partners with him in his inheritance. Did you ever stop to think of the wonderful inheritance you have in Him, in this one who is exalted to be a Prince and a Saviour? We are heirs of God, joint heirs with Jesus Christ. We have an eternal, complete, absolute inheritance in Christ. We have an inheritance that is incorruptible and undefiled and that cannot fade away. We cannot be touched by the powers of hell and our inheritance in Christ can’t be touched by either men or hell.

Why does He do all this? As it says in verses 11 and 12, He determined this, not because of your faithfulness, but because of His sovereignty. The ul­timate purpose of redemption is the glory of God. In the last words of our Saviour, when He spoke of the fact that He had completed the work the Father had given Him to do, He asked for one thing—Glorify thou me with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

When I think of the revelation of God to us in this wonderful, blessed book, I wish and pray that the Spirit of God will take you and take me and en­large our capacity to receive the truth; that He would open our eyes to the wonderful truth which He has displayed in this book. May we have ears open to what He has to say to us personally. This is a new revelation that He had given to His people through the Apostle Paul.

We have in Eph 1:3-6 what the Father did in our redemption; and then from verses 7 to 12 we have what the Son of God did in our redemp­tion. The Son of God redeemed us and He forgave us and He brought us into fellowship with God that we might be to the praise of His glory and that the ultimate purpose of our redemption is the glory of God, who has been pleased to put His hand on you and me if we’ve trusted the Saviour. He’s brought us into this wonderful position of an inheritance in Christ, an eternal, perfect, complete inheritance that we might be to His glory and to His praise.

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