March 18th, 2007
The choices that we exercise are genuine choices. There is nothing about our background or environment or genetic makeup that compels us to chose either right or wrong. We are completely free to choose whether to be weak or strong, whether to be selfish or generous, whether to be courageous or cowardly. But at the same time, God is outside of time. God is eternal. He can see everything that is happening now, everything that has happened in the past, and everything that will happen in the future. So everything we do is predestined, but at the same time we are completely free to make any choice we like.
Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians — Chapter 1
1:1 From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, to the believers in Ephesus, and the faithful in Christ Jesus. 1:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens in Christ. 1:4 He chose us in him before the foundation of the world to be holy and innocent before him in love. 1:5 He predestined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to his will and favour 1:6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, which he has freely given to us in his beloved son. 1:7 We are rescued through his blood and our sins are forgiven in the richness of his grace 1:8 which he showered on us with wisdom and insight. 1:9 He revealed the mystery of his will to us, according to his favour which he planned in Christ 1:10 to occur in the fullness of time, to bring everything in heaven and on earth together under the authority of Christ. 1:11 We have also been chosen as God’s inheritance. This was predestined according to the plan of God who makes everything happen as he has planned. 1:12 so that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, could live for the praise of his glory. 1:13 You also trusted in Christ when you heard the message of the truth, the Good News of your salvation. When you had believed, you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 1:14 who is the first installment of our inheritance, until all those who belong to God are redeemed, to the praise of his glory.
1:15 This is why, since I heard about the faith which you have in the Lord Jesus and the love which you have for all the believers, 1:16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, mentioning you in my prayers, 1:17 asking the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, to give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you learn to know him better. 1:18 I pray that the eyes of your hearts will be filled with light so that you understand the hope to which he has called you, the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the believers, 1:19 and the extreme greatness of his power for us believers. This is the same mighty power 1:20 which he applied to Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him on his right hand side in heaven, 1:21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every title that can be claimed, not only in this age, but also in the age to come. 1:22 God has put all things in subjection under Christ’s feet, and made him the head over everything for the church, 1:23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
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