A Note from our Pastor:
“In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:”Ephesians 1:10
Good Morning Dearly Beloved,
Now we come back to this key word — predestinated – which we have previously considered. Predestinated, simply meaning that beforehand we were given a destiny or a final destination. But now the Apostle is going to combine it with two other ideas.
First, we are told because we are predestinated we have also obtained an inheritance. Now this morning you might be thinking that you have not received any inheritance. That you are still on this earth dealing with the same stressors, the same people, and the same day-to-day challenges that you always deal with. Certainly, that is true and we like the Apostle groan in these bodies longing for the coming day when we shall be taken home to be with the Lord.
That being said, what the Apostle says here is no less true. You might not be in physical possession of your heavenly inheritance this morning, but you possess that inheritance by promise today. If this were the will of a man and he had promised you an inheritance you might be suspect that the will would be changed and the inheritance disappear before you came into physical possession of it. But this promise is not of man but of God, and God does not change. So while we are not yet in possession of our heavenly inheritance, we have obtained it and it is secure in the just hands of God.
Second, we are told why we have this inheritance and why we have been predestinated. It is according to the purpose of God. The beautiful thing about our righteous God is that he sets forth a purpose, has a will according to that purpose, and works so that his will and purpose are accomplished. We are not to know the full mystery of why God’s purpose was to love and redeem a people. But what we do know is that because that was his purpose, then he willed that it should happen, and performed all the works necessary to make it sure happened.
Thus, not only do we know we have a certain inheritance, that we are predestinated for heaven and immortal glory, but we also know that the reason why we have that inheritance is because it pleases the purpose and will of God that we do. Thank God for his mercy and love shown to us.
Our Prayers are with you daily,