Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace – Ephesians 1:5-6
For some people, the mere mention of the word “predestinated” brings about feelings of anger and confusion. There are those who are so closed off to the doctrine that they will not even search the Scriptures to see if it is so. But Paul was inspired by the Holy Spirit to tell the local body at Ephesus that the salvation that is in Christ is predestinated. It is not an accident or a backup plan on God’s part. It is the sovereign choice of God to adopt children, by the Lord Jesus and His finished work on the cross, to Himself.
What a beautiful description of God’s gracious and purposeful outreach to His people – the adoption of children. Making us His own forever, by His choice and out of His love! Nothing could be sweeter than to hear that God has chosen us and that He has permanently welcomed us into His family.
What directed this love, this choice? Certainly not our good works or right decisions or family heritage. Paul says it was according to the good pleasure of His will that He chose a people to be adopted into His family. Not because of anything in us, but because of the goodness within Himself, directed by His own perfect will. As we repent of our sins and trust in Christ for salvation, we are assured of our belonging and inheritance in the family of God.
This is certainly not to the glory of man, as being worthy or lovable, but to the praise of the glory of His grace, that He would choose unworthy and powerless children to be saved.
God’s predestinating and sovereign design for salvation was, like everything else that He does, ultimately for the good of His people and to the praise of His name. This adoption gives comfort to us, and it gives all the glory to God!