“In the Beloved” – Ephesians 1:6

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved

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” (Ephesians 1:6).

I began this study in Ephesians 1 with verse 3. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ

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:” (Ephesians 1:3). Have you noticed and observed the repeated connection between Christ and all spiritual gifts in Heavenly places?

Now we come to verse 6. Here it is once again. God has made us accepted in the beloved (Jesus Christ). And once more I remind us that our union with Christ is through the God given gifts of grace and faith. Believing with our God given free will is the only way to be made accepted in the beloved. But you must believe.

Before believing in Christ there was nothing acceptable to God. There was no God-ward goodness in any of us before receiving Christ in faith. Our attempt at prayer brought no pleasure to Him. Our self-sacrifices made no appeasement. Our pure thoughts, kind words, or noble deeds did not earn us a spot in Heaven. But “in Christ” we who were once in darkness have become the righteousness of God. God is pleased. God is satisfied. Sin is atoned for by Christ. The Light of the world is now in us. Has the great gift of His grace become yours? Have you believed? Are you in Christ today?

If so, you are accepted. God has highly favored you because you are in Christ. Let no one condemn you—He doesn’t. Rejoice in Him, believer. You are accepted in the beloved!



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