Choice is a big word these days.
We choose to give awards. There are the People’s Choice, Critics’ Choice, Teen Choice and Kids’ Choice Awards.
We watch the news to learn of the constituents’ choice for political office and how that politician will vote about the constituents’ right to choose to smoke marijuana, own firearms and have abortions.
In addition to choosing, there’s being chosen. Chosen for a game at recess, for a team sport, a prom date, for college acceptance, for the right job, for a marriage partner…
We spend most of our lives wondering if we are adequate enough to be chosen.
Someone says yes.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world,that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,”
Wait. Don’t just skip through that.
“He chose us…”
Think of the very best thing for which you have ever been picked. Savor that moment for a sec. Boss, best friend, teacher, boyfriend/girlfriend? It was a pretty awesome moment. You felt special. Wanted.
Paul starts this by giving praise and through that he lets us know the enormity of all that he’s about to tell us. He gives praise to the Trinity.
God the Father: “Blessed be the God and Father..”
God the Son: “of our Lord Jesus Christ”; or “the Lord of us, Jesus the Messiah”
God, the Holy Spirit: “who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing…” This one doesn’t immediately jump out but it is really cool. That word “spiritual” is pneumatikos, and comes from the word pneuma, which means breath or spirit. When you see the word spirit in the New Testament, Holy Spirit or otherwise, pneuma is used. Pneumatikos relates to the realm of spirit or the invisible sphere in which the Holy Spirit imparts faith, reveals Christ, etc. So, as the Amplified version puts it, “every spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessing…”
“In the heavenly places in Christ” Just in case we aren’t properly awed by the thought of the Trinity, he is telling us to remember: God has given you every spiritual blessing in heaven and it is yours in Christ.
And now that we have proper context,
He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world…
That is a really big deal.
The Greek for that implies to make a highly deliberate choice, a real “heart-preference” with a definite outcome.
This was not a random, eeny-meeny-miny-mo kind of choice. This definitely wasn’t a choose-and-then-put-on-the-shelf kind of choice. And beyond a doubt, this was no “Well, I have to take her because she’s the last one left” kind of choice.
This is an “I have wanted you since before the beginning began” kind of choice.
As far as romance goes, this love story beats all others.
And no matter who you are, what you think or how many horrible things you’ve done – they do not matter because He chose you before any of that happened. It doesn’t even matter if you believe that He exists because He chose you.
He chose to make you “holy and without blame.”
The sacrifice of Jesus Christ makes those who accept His offering pure in His eyes. We are His bride, set apart for Him, “not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but…holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:27)
You are chosen.
He chose you so that “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” (Ephesians 1:7)
Redemption means ransom paid. He has paid the necessary cost to set you free.
He chose you.
“In Him also we have obtained an inheritance…” (Ephesians 1:11)
I love this part! We only see this particular word for inheritance one time in the New Testament and it has a different meaning than you would expect. It means to “assign by divine lot-cast.” Now, if you or I were rolling the dice, it would be a game of chance. Pure luck. However, this is a divine lot-cast. Think weighted die. When God rolls the dice, they land exactly the way He plans.
He chose you.
“being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.” (1:11)
He chose and appointed us, marked us ahead of time, before it all began, for His purpose, and He promises to work it all together for His divine plan and our good. (Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”)
When Robert Downey Jr. was picked for favorite movie actor in the 2015 People’s Choice Awards, he could have rejected the people’s choice and refused the award.
And so it is with God’s choice. Salvation and all He offers with it can be rejected.
That’s our choice.
“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation;…”
And when we choose Him, it is a “done deal.”
“…in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” (Ephesians 1:13-14)
You are chosen,
and you are sealed.
In the ancient world, a seal served as a legal signature, guaranteeing the contents of what was sealed. The Holy Spirit has set His stamp of ownership on you. He is the guarantee of your inheritance until Jesus comes back to redeem His already ransomed possession.
You belong to Him.
He has already paid the price.
He is coming back to pick up His chosen bride.
The chosen one.
I encourage you to read this passage in Ephesians with today’s devotion. To do so online, you may click here: Ephesians 1:1-14