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Just how loved are you?

by Dan Cruver Published Jun 28, 2012

Walk with me through Ephesians 1:4b-6 for a few minutes as I answer the following four questions. These verses are a Niagara of good news!

“In love [the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ] predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” ~ Ephesians 1:4b-6

1. What do these verses tell us about God?

God seeks the intimacy of a Father/son relationship with us. He predestined us to the glories of this relationship ages before we even breathed our first breath.

God the Father is all-gracious and loving. His work of Adoption is not an unfeeling or obligatory action. He has adopted us in His universe-dwarfing love (v. 4) and delight in order that He might bring us to Himself. The Niagara of the Father’s love is rushing over us whether we feel like it is or not. It’s been pouring forth upon us before there was even such as a thing as a water molecule.

2. What do these verses tell us about ourselves?

We are loved profoundly and eternally. It’s a love that we cannot forfeit because all who are predestined are also glorified (Ephesians 1:4-5; Romans 8:30). We cannot lose love that we haven’t earned in the first place. That’s good news.

We are recipients of free grace (v. 6). Left to ourselves we are so bad off (Ephesians 2) that apart from grace we live every breathtaking-second of our existence in enmity with God. Thank God for free grace!

3. What do these verses tell us about Jesus?

Jesus is the love of his Father’s life. He is the Beloved (v. 6).

Jesus is our sonship (v. 6). Paul could have merely said that God freely bestowed his grace on us “in Christ,” but he didn’t. Instead, Paul said that the Father has blessed us freely “in the Beloved” (v. 6). This means that we are loved even as the Son is loved. We are more loved than we can possibly imagine.

4. What would we be like if these truths were explosively alive in our innermost being?

We would awake each morning filled with joy. We would not doubt God’s kindness toward us or His providential care for us. Circumstances would not “control” us. We would navigate through the events of each day with a spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving. We would not be easily discouraged.

We would love others even as we are loved. Wow. We would prefer others above ourselves knowing that we already have more than can be imagined.

We would live each day with a fresh awareness of just how loved we really are.

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Join us September 14-15 in Atlanta as we go deeper into transformative truth of Adoption in the Beloved. Learn more about this year’s conference.

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