“When were you saved?”
This question seeks a specific date, time, and place when the one took action to respond to God’s grace, perhaps with a specific prayer. But the Letter to the Ephesians has a very different answer:
just as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.
Thus this letter settles for all time the date, time, and place: “before the foundation of the world.” This passage shifts the responsibility of salvation from our shoulders to God. Who are we to overrule what God has chosen?
Does this mean that God has chosen some but not others?
Perhaps God has chosen all people. God’s plan is to unite all things in heaven and on earth, which would include all people.
For he has made known to us … a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
But if everyone is saved, why then have faith?
We have faith because God chose us. We respond with gratitude and praise, seeking to help others enjoy receiving God’s grace.
I will have more to say about Ephesians 1:1-14 at 10:00 AM on Sunday, July 15th, at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.
Robert Shaw, Pastor
A Tip for Parents
How do you express joy?
When King David started to bring the Ark back to Jerusalem, he had gone six steps when he stopped to have a major celebration, complete with music, dancing and food.
How might worship be an expression of our joy for receiving God’s grace?