I hope you were able to spend time praising the Lord during the last couple of days because He is so worthy of our praise. Today we will continue looking at Ephesians 1 and will discover how we are chosen, holy and blameless.
4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
What great news for us today – we are chosen! We are not just chosen, but chosen by the Lord even before the creation of the world. So many people today don’t feel loved or feel like they are wanted. As believers, we can be assured of both. When I think about being chosen, it reminds me of being in P.E. class in elementary school where captains for each team were selected by the teacher. Then the captains would choose one by one the kids they wanted on their team. It was an uncomfortable time of waiting to be chosen and the same kids were always chosen last. I love knowing the Lord chose me even before I came to be.
Not only were we chosen, but we were chosen to be “holy and blameless in his sight”. Being holy means being set apart for His purposes. The NIV Study Bible notes say, “Holiness is the result – not the basis – of God’s choosing. It refers both to the holiness imparted to the believer because of Christ and to the believer’s personal sanctification.” Holiness is directly attributed to God and we are blessed by it as we become more and more like Christ as we grow in our faith and our relationship with out Lord and Savior.
The Greek word for “blemish” is “amomos”. It means “without defect, flawless, unblemished”. Does that definition remind you of anything from the Old Testament? When sacrifices were presented, they were to be without defect or blemish. When the Lord looks at us, He sees Christ in us. Christ is the perfect sacrifice – one without sin, blemish or defect. Just as holiness comes from the Lord, so does our ability to be blameless. Christ died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins so we could be presented “blameless” before the Lord.
Today let’s spend some time thanking the Lord. Thank Him for choosing you. Thank Him for setting you apart for His purposes. Thank Him for the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus’ death on the cross so we could be “blameless in his sight.” Let’s have an attitude of gratitude today!
- Scripture references from http://www.biblegateway.com
Quote, NIV Study Bible, Zondervan
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