Blessed be The God… Who hath blessed – Pt.II
Ephesians 1:4 “ According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: ”
Holy. A word we use all throughout religion. We have the Holy Bible, there are holy men of God, we sing of holiness, we are told to be holy, and here in Ephesians 1, we are told that we are chosen to the blessing of holiness. In defining the meaning of this term it is helpful to note that it is also translated as
“saint” throughout the same book. In some religions, sainthood is something that is aquired after men proove themselves worthy of it by performing certain deeds, or having some miraculous work attributed to them. But Scripture tells us that we are His chosen saints – every one who is a child of God is a saint. We tend to not think of ourselves as saints, as we have fallen into the fallacy of reserving that term for men who have some outward form of special connection with God that the “regular” children of God do not have. But we are His saints, even the most immature Christian among us are His saints just the same. Sainthood is not a thing gotten, it is a thing given – meaning we have been made holy, or sanctified. We are the elect who have been set appart from the world. This setting appart is not according to our meeting some prerequisite, it is solely upon the choice of The Almighty.
A thing that is holy is a thing that is separate from all else. The vessels in the tabernacle were holy, sanctified to The LORD and His service. God is The thrice holy God – He is completely other than anything in the entire universe. There is nothing comparable to Him. And here in Ephesianse, we are told that we have been chosen to be holy! We have been singled out by the God of heaven to be His! We are those for whom Christ prayed in John 17 “I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.” (John 17:6-9) This separation brigs us the prayers, protection and power of Christ, and so much more, for we are God’s.
God hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings! All these flow from His Sovereign choice; and among them is that we have been made holy – separated unto Him. We are His sheep; holy to be led of Him for His glory. We have been given the honor to be counted as lambs for the slaughter, to be hated by this world due to our association with The One who has saved us by His grace! Set apart as those who will gather around the throne and sing priases to the Lamb for all eternity.
He has chosen us before the foundation of the world to be His! Oh, may this truth thrill our hearts with humble joy!
Oh, LORD! Make us to understand the truth (and not just intellectually) that You have separated us to Yourself. May we be humbled by it, not passing through this world as if we are better because of the things we don’t indulge in, but to humbly abstain from the pleasures of this world because You have made us Yours by the purchase of Your blood. Not boasting because the world is not worthy of us, but completely broken because we are not worthy of You. May we praise you for the persecution from those who hate you, as it signifies we are holy unto You. Amen.