Ephesians 1:4 says, “Just as He chose us in Him” This is telling us that those who would be elected for salvation before the foundation of the world were elected or selected “in Him” i.e., in Christ. The Greek helps us to understand what is going on in this verse.The Greek grammatical classification is locative of sphere, which means, “chosen out in the realm of Christ”.This means that each person selected by God for salvation was included in the realm of the saving work of the Lord Jesus. As a bird is in the realm of the air, a fish in the realm of the water, the roots of a tree in the realm of the soil, the believer is selected in the realm of Christ… “in Him”.
“In Him” is referring to the sphere of Christ’s saving work. It’s as if God draws a circle, one that encompasses the redemptive work of Christ. It is out of this realm that believers are chosen. This is why it is impossible for anyone to be saved by works—salvation is of the Lord! (Jonah 2:9) It is His work; we are chosen in Him.
Ephesians Series - Part IV - To the Praise of His Glory!
7/10/2016Pastor Chuck Brooks 1 Peter 1:3-5
Grace is God's Riches At Christ's Expense. Grace rules out all human merit (Romans 11:6). We do not deserve it; we cannot earn it; we cannot buy or purchase it. Grace is that which is given by God because of who He is and not because of who we are. According to Ephesians 1:6, glory is an attribute (or characteristic) of grace, perhaps like tone is an characteristic of one's voice. To stretch this illustration further: Applause is the way a group of people would respond to a pleasing tone of the voice of a singer; Praise is the way a Christian responds to the glory of the grace of God in redemption. To the believer, true glory is found only in the splendor of God. It is recognized as His character, is displayed by His actions (or in our context, His grace), and is reflected back to Him as praise.
When in 1 Corinthians 15:58 Paul uses the phrase, “work of the Lord” he is speaking of the occupation that our Lord Jesus, who is Ruler, God the Son, the Creator, our Savior, has assigned to us. God is our Master who has purchased us from the slave market of sin and He owns us and has given us something to do. But He is also a benevolent, kind and loving Master. He doesn’t tell us to sweep the floor without giving us the best broom in the world. He sends us on a mission to reach the lost and has given us His Holy Spirit to indwell us, to empower us, to provide for us, to teach us, to lead and guide us and gift us with a myriad of spiritual gifts so that we can get the job done right. And, when the job is done right, He rewards us with an inheritance that is “imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for us” (1 Peter 1:4).