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Ephesians 1:5 – Adopted as Sons by Jesus

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Ephesians 1:5-6

“5 Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved” (NKJV).

God does things according to His good pleasure. He delights or takes satisfaction in doing things for man. Some people look at the words “according to the good pleasure of His will” and think God is just going to make us missionaries to Africa or some other thing we wouldn’t want to do. It’s like God totally controls us like puppets and makes us do whatever He wants. That’s not the case at all. Even a natural father wants the best for their children. They don’t make them become doctors when they want to be artists. God’s good pleasure is for our good pleasure. “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17).

With that in mind, the fact that God provided for our adoption as sons, is all part of God working His good pleasure on our behalf. Having predestined us to sonship was part of God’s grace. Grace is God’s abundant favor on us.

Predestination has always been a sore spot in Christianity. Segments of the Church have come up with whole doctrines on predestination and it has led to serious confusion. It definitely does not mean God predestines some to salvation and some to perdition. Notice the word “us”. God has before time already determined to provide a way of adoption. He had a plan that included us all. In fact, it included the world. The only stipulation was that we accept His plan.

Adoption “signifies the place and condition of a son given to one to whom it does not naturally belong.” We were alienated from God, but through Jesus we can be adopted as sons. That is the destiny of every one who believes. It’s all by grace through believing. “Us” are now all sons and daughters of God to the praise of His glory.

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