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Elect Exiles According To The Foreknowledge Of The Father, In The Sanctification Of The Spirit, For Blood Bought Obedience To Jesus
1 Peter 1:1-2
Christian Hospitality Covers a Multitude  of Sin
1 Peter 4
No one can take away your joy from you - Jesus
John 16:16-22
True knowledge about God will result in true love for others.
1 Corinthians 8:1-3
In sin we were dead but in Chirst we were made alive.
Ephesians 2:1-10
To be under the Mosaic law again is not only childish, but also devilish and damning.
Galatians 4:8-11
Beware of working for God! Instead, gladly obey God as our Father and not as our taskmaster.
Galatians 4:1-7
The law serves the promise until the coming of the seed
Galatians 3:19-22
The Law cannot nullify the Promise
Galatians 3:15-18
Law demands a life of perfect obedience, but Faith demands a life of faith in Christ's act of redemption alone
Galatians 3:9-14
Faith is the spiritual DNA by which our familial relationship to Abraham can be proven.
Galatians 3:6-9
We can't start with the Spirit and then end with the flesh
Galatians 3:1-5
What is dying to the law and living to God?
Galatians 2:15-21
Lead others to the truth of the gospel not just with propositions but also with our actions.
Galatians 2:11-14
How important that there is only one gospel?
Galatians 2:1-10
What are you hoping for?
Psalm 42:11
No other gospel that brings glory to God than the gospel of grace that transforms its messenger
Galatians 1:18-24
If you want to please God, seek what pleases Him, namely the preaching of Christ
Galatians 1:11-17
Want some peace of mind? So Pray!
Philippians 4:6-7
What brings understanding, our thinking or God's granting?
2 Timothy 2:7
What it means to be a slave of Christ?
Galatians 1:10
To desert from the Gospel is to desert away from God
Galatians 1:6-9
Seek God's approval and not the approval of men
Galatians 1:1-5
God gets more glory when more people rely on Him for contentment in times of need.
Philippians 4:10-20
Standing Firm in the Lord demonstrates itself in unity, peacekeeping, rejoicing in the Lord always and forbearance toward one another
Philippians 4:1-9
Resurrection is a means to lay hold of the prize who is Christ Jesus so strive to attain it since He already laid hold of you
Philippians 3:12-21
Jesus came into the world to exegete the Father
John 1:1-18
God is more glorified in us when we enjoy him than when we fear him
Luke 2:8-20
The supremacy of the worth of Christ outweighs all things, and that includes all human boastings!
Philippians 3:1-11
Risking for Jesus will yield greater returns
Philippians 2:25-30
Seeking the interest of Christ is seeking the interest of others above one's own
Philippians 2:19-24
What is the secret to a grumble free life and happy pastors?
Philippians 2:14-16
God is not wasting our suffering,  we shouldn't also
Philippians 1:12-18
How to work out your own Salvation?
Philippians 2:12-18
Motivations for Obedience
Philippians 2:12-13
Christ Emptied himself by Adding
Philippians 2:6-7
Christian unity delights itself in the interest of others
Philippians 2:1-5
To Know Christ is to have the will of the Father
John 7:17-18
Find your Joy in God in the joy of your leaders and the flock
Hebrews 13:17
The Law does not negate the Promise, it's the restatement of the Promise
Galatians 3:15-18
The Church Abides to Chirst so should Wives to their Husbands. Christ never forsake His Church, so should Husbands to their Wives
Ephesians 5:22-33
Herald the word even if your life is at stake
2 Timothy 4:2
Any talk of gender roles and equality must be grounded on creation.
1 Corinthians 11:7-12
There is Joy in praying for the sanctification of our brethren!
Philippians 1:3-11
Since God is righteous, God must elect according to his own freedom
Romans 9:14-18
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The Glory of God In Christ
Ephesians 1:3-14
How can God make much of us and still be for Himself?
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Published October 19th, 2020; Updated October 31st, 2020
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Praise be to God because He blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.
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a Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Εὐλογητὸς ὁ θεὸς καὶ πατὴρ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ,
e Blessed be f the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Blessed 5 is 6 the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in b the heavenly places in Christ ,
ὁ εὐλογήσας ἡμᾶς ἐν πάσῃ εὐλογίᾳ πνευματικῇ ἐν τοῖς ἐπουρανίοις ἐν Χριστῷ ,
who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing g in the heavenly places,
who has blessed 7 us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ.
just as a He chose us in Him
καθὼς ἐξελέξατο ἡμᾶς ἐν αὐτῷ
h even as he i chose us in him
For 8 he chose us in Christ 9
before b the foundation of the world,
πρὸ καταβολῆς κόσμου
j before the foundation of the world,
before the foundation of the world
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that we would be c holy and blameless before 1 Him in love
εἶναι ἡμᾶς ἁγίους καὶ ἀμώμους κατενώπιον αὐτοῦ ἐν ἀγάπῃ,
that we should be k holy and blameless before him. In love
that we may be holy and unblemished 10 in his sight 11 in love. 12
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by predestining us
προορίσας ἡμᾶς
l he predestined us 1
He did this by predestining 13 us
to b adoption as sons
εἰς υἱοθεσίαν
for m adoption as sons
to adoption as his 14 sons 15
through Jesus Christ to Himself,
διὰ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ εἰς αὐτόν,
through Jesus Christ,
through Jesus Christ,
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c according to the 2 kind intention of His will,
κατὰ τὴν εὐδοκίαν τοῦ θελήματος αὐτοῦ,
n according to the purpose of his will,
according to the pleasure 16 of his will -
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a to the praise of the glory of His grace,
εἰς ἔπαινον δόξης τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ
o to the praise of his glorious grace,
to the praise of the glory of his grace 17
which He freely bestowed on us in b the Beloved .
ἧς ἐχαρίτωσεν ἡμᾶς ἐν τῷ ἠγαπημένῳ .
with which he has blessed us in p the Beloved.
that he has freely bestowed on us in his dearly loved Son. 18
a In 1 Him we have b redemption
Ἐν ᾧ ἔχομεν τὴν ἀπολύτρωσιν
q In him we have r redemption
In him 19 we have redemption
c through His blood,
διὰ τοῦ αἵματος αὐτοῦ ,
s through his blood,
through his blood, 20
the d forgiveness of our trespasses,
τὴν ἄφεσιν τῶν παραπτωμάτων,
t the forgiveness of our trespasses,
the forgiveness of our trespasses,
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according to e the riches of His grace
κατὰ τὸ πλοῦτος τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ
u according to the riches of his grace,
according to the riches of his grace
which He 1 lavished on 2 us. In all wisdom and insight
ἧς ἐπερίσσευσεν εἰς ἡμᾶς, ἐν πάσῃ σοφίᾳ καὶ φρονήσει,
which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight
that he lavished on us in all wisdom and insight.
He 1 a made known to us the mystery of His will,
γνωρίσας ἡμῖν τὸ μυστήριον τοῦ θελήματος αὐτοῦ,
v making known 1 to us the mystery of his will,
He did this when he revealed 21 to us the secret 22 of his will,
b according to His 2 kind intention
κατὰ τὴν εὐδοκίαν αὐτοῦ
n according to his purpose,
according to his good pleasure
which He c purposed in Him
ἣν προέθετο ἐν αὐτῷ
which he w set forth in Christ
that he set forth 23 in Christ, 24
with a view to an administration 1 suitable to a the fullness of the times,
εἰς οἰκονομίαν τοῦ πληρώματος τῶν καιρῶν,
as a plan for x the fullness of time,
toward the administration of the fullness of the times,
that is , b the summing up of all things in Christ , things 2 in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him
ἀνακεφαλαιώσασθαι τὰ πάντα ἐν τῷ Χριστῷ , τὰ ἐπὶ τοῖς οὐρανοῖς καὶ τὰ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἐν αὐτῷ .
y to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
to head up 25 all things in Christ - the things in heaven 26 and the things on earth. 27
1 in him also we 2 a have obtained an inheritance,
Ἐν ᾧ καὶ ἐκληρώθημεν
In him we have obtained z an inheritance,
In Christ 28 we too have been claimed as God’s own possession, 29
also in Christ we have been claimed as God’s own possession,
having been b predestined c according to His purpose who works all things d after the counsel of His will,
προορισθέντες κατὰ πρόθεσιν τοῦ τὰ πάντα ἐνεργοῦντος κατὰ τὴν βουλὴν τοῦ θελήματος αὐτοῦ
a having been predestined b according to the purpose of him who works all things according to c the counsel of his will,
since we were predestined according to the one purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will
to the end that we who were the first to hope in 1 Christ would be a to the praise of His glory.
εἰς τὸ εἶναι ἡμᾶς εἰς ἔπαινον δόξης αὐτοῦ τοὺς προηλπικότας ἐν τῷ Χριστῷ .
so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be d to the praise of his glory.
so that we, who were the first to set our hope 30 on Christ, 31 would be to the praise of his glory.
In 1 Him , you also , after listening to a the message of truth,
Ἐν ᾧ καὶ ὑμεῖς ἀκούσαντες τὸν λόγον τῆς ἀληθείας,
In him you also, when you heard e the word of truth,
And when 32 you heard the word of truth
the gospel of your salvation—
τὸ εὐαγγέλιον τῆς σωτηρίας ὑμῶν,
the gospel of your salvation,
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having also 2 believed in him
ἐν ᾧ καὶ πιστεύσαντες
and believed in him,
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you were b sealed with c the Holy Spirit of promise,
ἐσφραγίσθητε τῷ πνεύματι τῆς ἐπαγγελίας τῷ ἁγίῳ,
f were sealed with the g promised Holy Spirit,
you were marked with the seal 34 of the promised Holy Spirit, 35
who is 1 a given as a pledge of b our inheritance,
ὅ ἐστιν ἀρραβὼν τῆς κληρονομίας ἡμῶν,
who is h the guarantee 1 of our i inheritance
who is the down payment 36 of our inheritance,
with a view to the c redemption of d God’s own possession,
εἰς ἀπολύτρωσιν τῆς περιποιήσεως,
until j we acquire k possession of it, 2
until the redemption of God’s own possession, 37
e to the praise of His glory.
εἰς ἔπαινον τῆς δόξης αὐτοῦ.
l to the praise of his glory.
to the praise of his glory.
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How can God makes much of us and still be God-centered? This question is probably one of the most important questions one might ask, because this question rightly points us to relationship of the gospel and God's unwavering allegiance to his self-glorification. Why is that important? Because a gospel that takes away God's self-glorification in it is not the gospel of the scriptures. But the question is how did God accomplish our redemption without compromising His holiness, righteousness and glory? The answer is Jesus Christ! Paul demonstrate this in Ephesians 1:3-14 : " Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ , who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ , according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace , with which he has blessed us in the Beloved . In him we have redemption through his blood , the forgiveness of our trespasses , according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him , things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance , having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory . In him you also , when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit , who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. " In the text above I highlighted with yellow all the references to God's self glorification as the ultimate purpose of his saving work. Then I highlighted God's gracious acts and blessings with purple . Lastly, I highlighted with green all prepositional phrases that has to do with Christ and their connection to the spiritual blessings. You will notice that all of God's actions are for the praise of His glory. We can hear it from these words, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ"(vv. 3), "to the praise of his glorious grace"(vv. 6), "to unite all things in him"(vv. 10), "to the praise of his glory"(vv. 12), "to the praise of his glory"(vv. 14) and each stands as the aim or conclusion of God's actions or blessings from Him. Example, in verse 3 the statement "Blessed be the God" is the conclusion of God's act in blessing us. This is the main point of this passage, God is worthy of all praise and blessings because he has blessed us with every spiritual gift. But how does blessing us, give glory to Him? Isn't it that since God blessed us therefore He's making much of us? How is this not man-centered? Yes, it is true that in blessing us God shows his love for us and that he makes much of us, however, He did all of this not because of any inherent value in us but because of His Son, Jesus Christ. That is, since all spiritual blessings provided for us are found only in the Son, so in essence he is whom God is making much of, and therefore maintains unwavering allegiance to the upholding of His own glory. We only received these blessings by extension of our relationship with Jesus. You will see this clearly in the four main blessings: 1. Election is for the praise of the glory of God's grace because this election is in Christ. Verses 4-6 says " he chose us in him .... to the praise of his glorious grace ". 2. Redemption is for God's glory because it is found only in Christ. Verse 7-10 says, " In him we have redemption through his blood , the forgiveness of our trespasses ,.. to unite all things in him " 3. The obtaining of inheritance is for God's glory because this too is in Christ only. Verse 11-12 says, " In him we have obtained an inheritance.. to the praise of his glory. " 4. The sealing with the promised Holy Spirit is also for God's glory, because this will not happen apart from Christ. According to verse 13-14, " In him you also , when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.. to the praise of his glory. " So this is how God can make much of us and still be ultimately for His own Glory, it is because of Jesus! What other blessings can you find in this passage that were made possible only in Jesus? According to this short devotional is God's self-glorification loving? Can we imitate God in this? How can we best imitate God in loving others?
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Adnan
This is very good.  Thank you for sharing it!

I have been thinking a lot about this passage lately.  I see 6 blessings here:
1. He chose us.
2. He adopted us.  (I see this different than being chosen.)
3. He redeemed us.
4. He made known to us His will - which is the supremacy of Christ.  This means that the family into which we are adopted is mightiest family.
5. He gave us an inheritance.
6. He sealed us.

I find it interesting to compare these blessings with ancient Roman adoption practices.

God bless you.
Adnan
Quits Sabio
That's great! Thanks for your inputs
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