Inheritance of the Children of God
Have you ever thought about the idea that you were created for glorious living? Ephesians 1:3-14 gives praise to God for the blessing He has provided. Throughout these verses, Paul ties together the ideas of predestination, God’s glory, salvation, and the inheritance we have as children of God. Our inheritance is two-fold. First is becoming a child of God, which gives us a right to expect an inheritance. Second is spending eternity in heaven and dwelling in the presence of God.
Because we are His children, we are blessed because God chose to save us but that salvation came at a great cost to Jesus. Because Jesus paid the price for our sins on the cross and because we are Children of God, we can have confidence that God will bring us to heaven to spend eternity with Him just as he promised. However, we were not meant to have just a glorious, eternal life. God’s design was for us to have a glorious life here on earth too.
God Planned a Glorious Life
Have you ever thought about the idea that God planned a glorious life for us? He planned every detail about us: the family we’d belong to, our DNA, our personality. You are not here by chance. You do not live in this moment of time by chance. God places everyone of us exactly where and when He wants us to be. He gifted each of to fulfill His plans that would bring Him honor and glory.
In fact, the human race was God’s most glorious moment of creation. It was the only thing created in which God says, “it was very good.” God created Adam and Even and placed them in the Garden of Eden – the perfect couple in a perfect garden. God even came by every evening to visit with them. But then they sinned and were banished from the garden. God intended for us to have a glorious life – but we messed that up. Yet, still we can experience an abundant, joyful, glorious life in Christ.
So much of happiness in life seems to be dependent other people, more money, the next promotion, the perfect kids, etc. But all of these will eventually let you down. Only salvation, by faith, through grace will give the fruits of the Holy Spirit that include love, joy, and peace. When we make Christ our Savior, we can live a glorious life knowing that the author and finisher of our faith will be faithful to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can think or ask when we keep our hearts and minds aligned within His will.
Just as God planned out every detail about who you are, he planned out every detail about your salvation. You did not become a Christian by chance or coercion or unaided choice, but by the enabling of God’s Spirit. The word “predestined” (found in verse 11) means “determining beforehand,” “deciding ahead of time.” So, God determines certain things to occur ahead of time.
Romans 8:29-30 tells us that God predetermined that certain individuals would be conformed to the likeness of His Son, be called, justified, and glorified. At the same time, the Bible says in John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-10 that we all have a choice. So then, somehow, in the mystery of God, predestination works hand-in-hand with a person being drawn by God to salvation. As such, He has a very specific plan just for you. Long before you ever heard about Christ, in fact before the earth was formed, God planned this moment in your life. It is no accident that you are reading this verse on this website right this very moment. And long before you knew about Him, he had his eye on you with a purpose that He is right this very moment working out in you.
Purpose and Meaning of Life
It is only in a relationship with Christ that we can truly find out who we are and why we exist. Life only has purpose and meaning when we develop passionate relationships with Christ and live our lives aligned to His will in every way. Then we bring Him honor and glory. Then we are able to discover the glorious and abundant life that is God’s absolute best for each one of us.
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