TO THE PRAISE
OF THE GLORY OF HIS GRACE: eis epainon doxes tes charitos autou:
2:7; 3:10,11; Proverbs 16:4; Isaiah 43:21; 61:3,11; Jeremiah 33:9; Luke
2:14; Romans 9:23,24; 2Corinthians 4:15; Philippians 1:11; 4:19;
2Thessalonians 1:8, 9, 10; 1Timothy 1:14, 15, 16; 1Peter 2:9; 4:11)
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Why did God
predestine us to adoption? The result of God's gracious dealings
with men is ultimately the praise of the glory of His grace.
Greek Testament says that...
Here it is the glory specifically of
God's grace and the praise of that is now stated to be the ultimate end
of God's foreordination of us unto adoption, as our adoption itself has
been declared to be the object of the foreordination. God's final
purpose in His eternal determinations and the supreme end to which all
that He will regarding us looks, are the manifestation and adoring
recognition of His grace in its gloriousness. The phrase means more than
"the praise of His glorious grace". It expresses the setting forth on
God's part, and the joyful confession on man's part, of what the Divine
grace in these eternal counsels is in the quality of its splendour, its
magnificence. That this is the idea is shown by the subsequent mention
of the "riches" of the same grace. (Nicoll Robertson, editor)
(eis) means direction
toward. Here eis describes the purpose of God's act in predestining
certain one to be adopted as His sons was ultimately “to the praise of
the glory of His grace. God elects saves us for His own glory!"
= upon + aínos = praise) means a commendable thing. That which is represented as
being worthy of regard, confidence, kindness, etc
[word study]) means to give a proper estimate of. Our predestining to
adoption as God's sons gives a proper estimate of God's grace will be the object of eternal
hallelujah's to God, a grace that is exemplified forever in believers, His
redeemed, the objects of His grace.
[word study]) is not merely favor but reveals His divine character
and in context gives Him glory. In
praising God for what He does, we learn to praise Him for what He is.
Praise is called forth from the children of God by this divine glory
which appears in grace.
Great God of wonders! All Thy ways
Display Thine attributes divine;
But the bright glories of Thy grace
Above Thine other wonders shine:
Who is a pard’ning God like Thee?
Or who has grace so rich and free?
FREELY BESTOWED ON US IN THE
BELOVED: en echaritosen (3SAAI) hemas en to
(Isaiah 45:24,25; Jeremiah
23:6; Romans 3:22, 23, 24, 25, 26; 5:15, 16, 17, 18, 19; 8:1;
2Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9; 1Peter 2:5) (Psalm 22:20; 60:5;
Proverbs 8:30,31; Isaiah 42:1; 49:1, 2, 3; Zechariah 13:7; Matthew 3:17;
17:5; John 3:35; 10:17; Colossians 1:13)
The KJV translation rendering
To the praise of the glory of
wherein He hath made us accepted in the
See Related Resource -
Accepted in the Beloved
As you read these words may
Spurgeon's prayer be your prayer and your experience...
I desire that you may this
morning experimentally enjoy the precious drop of honey from the rock
Christ Jesus which is contained in the four words- “Accepted in the
Beloved.” Oh that the Holy
may make you enter into the treasures, which they contain!
Spurgeon goes on to comment that...
There is another precious
doctrine, the acceptance of those who are adopted. We are
God; He has a complacency
(idea of great pleasure)
toward us; He takes a delight in us; we are acceptable in His sight. Oh,
what a blessing this is! But remember that it is all in Christ:
"Accepted in the beloved." Because Christ is accepted, therefore those
who are in Him are accepted.
the Beloved" - This speaks of our justification, of Christ's
righteousness imputed to our account by grace through faith.
render this verse "His glorious grace He favored us with in the Beloved"
(HCSB), "His glorious grace with which He has blessed us in the Beloved"
Chafer comments on "made accepted"...
The student would do well to observe
the force of the word made as it appears in a considerable number
of passages, where it indicates that the thing accomplished is not
wrought by the believer for himself, but is the work of God for him. If
he is made something which he was not before, it is evidently the
work of another in his behalf. In this instance, the believer is said to
be made accepted. He is accepted on the part of God who, because
of His infinite holiness, could accept no one less perfect than Himself.
All of this is provided for on the basis of the truth that the believer
is made accepted “in the beloved” (Eph. 1:6). Without the
slightest strain upon His holiness, God accepts those who are in union
with His Son; and this glorious fact, that the one who is saved is
accepted, constitutes a measureless feature of divine grace. (Systematic
A W Pink...
Accepted in the beloved” goes deeper
and means far more than “accepted through him.” It denotes not merely a
recommendatory passport from Christ, but a real union with Him, whereby
we are incorporated into His mystical body, and made as truly partakers
of His righteousness as the members of the physical body partake of the
life which animates its head. (The Divine Covenants)
The context may well vindicate the
KJV paraphrase with its emphasis on acceptance—"wherein he hath made us
accepted in the
Beloved." It is the objective grace of God that is in
view, indicating His favorable regard, rather than the further ethical
effect of that grace in making us gracious. (Gaebelein,
F, Editor: Expositor's Bible Commentary 6-Volume New Testament.
written a poem which expresses this glorious truth...
Near, so very
near to God,
Nearer I could not be;
For in the person of His Son,
I’m just as near as He.
Dear, so very dear to God,
Dearer I could not be;
For in the person of His Son,
I’m just as dear as He.
(Amen and "Oh my"!)
charis= grace) means to cause one to be
the recipient of a benefit. It means to bestow grace or favor upon or to show
kindness to someone. Charitoo can also convey the sense of to make one
agreeable or possessed of grace. To be sure Paul's use of this verb demonstrates that man can take no credit
for this bestowal of grace -- it was unearned and unmerited favor and
that is why it was freely bestowed.
writes that "The verb charitoo comes from the noun charis,
"grace." It means "to endow with charis," or "to cause to find
favor". The idea here is that God has extended His favor or grace to
us in Christ." (Word Meanings in the New Testament)
charitoo means to "pursue
with grace, compass with favor, to honor with blessings."
It is interesting
to observe the only other NT use of charitoo is by Luke who
records the angel hailing Mary...
And coming in, he said to her, "Hail,
favored one! The Lord is with you." (Luke 1:28)
"Favored one" is charitoo in the
which speaks of the
abiding nature of this bestowal of grace
Paul says more
literally that God
has begraced us with His grace. Christians are those who have been graced by
God in the Beloved, the Son of God. John explains the relationship of
grace with the Beloved Son writing that...
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt
among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from
the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness of Him,
and cried out, saying, "This was He of whom I said, 'He who comes after
me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.'" For of His
fulness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For
the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized
through Jesus Christ. (John 1:14-17)
Comment: Grace certainly was
present in the OT but it was fully and abundantly realized when Jesus
- To Whom does
Paul refer? To Christ of course. He is our sole (soul) Source of acceptance with
God. Take a moment to prayerfully ponder this incredible truth that we
as the children of God (see 1Jn 3:1-note,
are now and forever in Him (See
in Christ ),
in identification with Him, in covenant oneness with Him
The Oneness of Covenant)
eternal bond with Him, in an indissoluble union with Him! In Christ forever we are
accepted by the Father for He is forever pleased with His
Whom we live and breathe and have our being eternally! Amazing grace
indeed that in the Beloved, the Father of glory now calls us "Beloved" (1Th 1:4-note,
Jude 1:1), now and forever His "beloved
children" (Eph 5:1-note)
Ruth Paxson comments on the
"In" -- Can we ever grasp fully the
meaning of this little word to us? In Him Whom the Father loves
supremely we are. In the Beloved whose righteousness and holiness
satisfy every demand of the Father's justice and holiness we stand. The
Beloved Son is our divine rainbow, God's pledge to us who are made
accepted in Him that we will never again be cast out from His presence.
In the Son of His love the Father receives us as He receives Him and
loves us as He loves Him. It would be impossible to believe such an
apparently incredible statement did not Christ Himself declare it.
we must believe it and rejoice in it.
Comment: Beloved, in our old
nature, we all strive for "acceptance" with our fellow man, and many of
us have been soundly rejected by those closest to us, and we have great
difficulty "accepting" the truth that we truly are "accepted in the
Beloved." So take a moment to mediate on the prayer Jesus prayed for us
which contains His requests which are so transcendent and
incomprehensible that it will surely take eternity to fathom their
depths but which can just as surely in this present life bring solace
and comfort to our souls and satisfy our hunger for acceptance...
in them and You
that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that
and loved them, even as
desire that they also, whom
have given Me,
be with Me
am, so that they may see My
glory which You
have given Me,
before the foundation of the world. O righteous
although the world has not known
have known You;
and these have known that
name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with
may be in them, and I
in them." (John 17:23-26)
I'm forgiven, because You were
I'm accepted, You were condemned
I'm alive and well, Your Spirit is within me
Because You died and rose again.
Amazing Love, how can it be,
That You, my King should die for me?
Amazing Love, I know it's true
It's my joy to honor You in all I do to honor You
Spurgeon observes that...
God’s love of His dear Son covers all
believers, as a canopy covers all who come beneath it. As a hen covers
her chickens with her wings, so God’s love to Christ covers all the
children of promise. As the sun shining forth from the gates of the
morning gilds all the earth with golden splendor, so this great love of
God to the Well-beloved, streaming forth to Him, enlightens all who are
in Him. God is so boundlessly pleased with Jesus that in Him He is
altogether well pleased with us....
Much went before this, but, oh, what
a morning without clouds rose upon us when we knew our acceptance
and were assured thereof. Acceptance was the watchword, and had
troops of angels met us we should have rejoiced that we were as blest as
they. Understand that this acceptance comes to us entirely as a
work of God--“He hath made
us accepted in the Beloved.”
We never made ourselves acceptable,
nor could we have done so, but He that has made us first in creation,
has now made us new by His grace, and so has made us accepted
in the Beloved. That this was an act of pure grace there can be
no doubt, for the verse runs thus, “Wherein He hath made us accepted in
the Beloved,” that is, in His grace. There was no reason in ourselves
why we should have been put into Christ, and so accepted; the reason lay
in the heart of the Eternal Father Himself.
Can we get a step farther? Will the
Holy Spirit help us while I say a few words by way of enlargement?
1. If we are “accepted in the
Beloved,” then, first, our persons are accepted: we ourselves are well
pleasing to Him. God looks upon us now with pleasure.
2. Being ourselves accepted, the
right of access to Him is given us. When a person is accepted with
God he may come to God when he chooses. He is one of these courtiers who
may come even to the royal throne and meet with no rebuff. No chamber of
our great Father’s house is closed against us; no blessing of the
covenant is withheld from us; no sweet smile of the Father’s face is
3. And, being accepted ourselves,
our prayers are also accepted. Children of God, can you sincerely
believe this? When God delights in men He gives them the desires of
4. It follows, as a pleasant
sequence, that our gifts are accepted, for those who are accepted with
God find a great delight in giving of their substance to the glory of
His name. Then let us try what we can do for Him. Here is a great
lump of quartz, but if the Lord can see a grain of gold, He will save
the quartz for the sake of it. He says, “Destroy it not, for a blessing
is in it.” I do not mean that the Lord deals thus with all men. It is
only for accepted men that He has this kind way of accepting their
gifts. Had you seen me, when a young man, and an usher, walking through
the streets with rolls of drawings from a boys’ school, you would have
guessed that I considered them of no value and fit only to be consigned
to the fire; but I always took a great interest in the drawings of my
own boy, and I still think them rather remarkable. You smile, I dare
say, but I do so think, and my judgment is as good as yours. I value
them because they are his, and I think I see budding genius in every
touch, but you do not see it because you are so blind. I see it since
love has opened my eyes. God can see in His people’s gifts to Him and
their works for Him a beauty which no eyes but His can perceive. Oh, if
He so treats our poor service, what ought we not to do for Him? What
zeal, what alacrity should stimulate us! If we are ourselves accepted
our sacrifices shall be acceptable....
“Accepted in the Beloved.” May not each
believer talk thus with himself--I have my sorrows and griefs, I have my
aches and pains, and weaknesses, but I must not repine, for God
Ah me! How one can laugh at griefs
when this sweet word comes in, “accepted in the Beloved.” I may be
blind, but I am “accepted in the Beloved:” I may be lame, I may be poor,
I may be despised, I may be persecuted, I may have much to put up with
in many ways, but really these troubles of the flesh count for little or
nothing to me since I am “accepted in the Beloved.”
Is not this a word to die with?
We will meet death and face his open jaws with this word, “Accepted
in the Beloved.” Will not this be a word to rise with amidst the
blaze of the great judgment day?
And now I wish to finish with this
one practical use. If it be so that we are “accepted in the
then let us go forth and tell poor sinners how they can be accepted too.
"Accepted in the Beloved -
What a healing balm is there here, for a weary, heavy-laden sinner!" -
Why is that peculiar title ("the Beloved") here used? It might have been said, we are accepted in
Christ, or accepted in the Mediator; there must be some motive for
giving Him this special name in this place.
The motive is declared to
be that we may praise the glory of divine grace. God did not want for a
beloved when he made us His beloved: His heart was not pining for an
object; His affections were not lone and desolate. His only-begotten Son
was His delight, and there was room enough in Him for all the Father’s
love; it was we that needed to be loved, and so the Beloved is mentioned
that we may remember the unselfishness of divine grace. He makes us His
beloved, but he had a Beloved before.
We are also reminded that we are “accepted
in the Beloved” to let us know that God has not shifted His love-His
first Beloved is His Beloved still. We have not supplanted
His dear Son,
nor even diverted a beam of love from Him. The Lord has called us
beloved who were not so, and made us a people who were not a people; but
He has not withdrawn a grain of love from Jesus, Whom He still calls
“mine Elect. in Whom my soul delights.” All the infinite love of God
still flows to Jesus, and then to us in Him. It pleased the Father that
to Him a fullness of love should be given, that out of it we might each
one receive. God's love to us is His love to His Son flowing in a hundred
channels. For His sake He makes the wedding-feast, and we are the happy
guests who sit at the table. Not for our sakes is this done, but for
Jesus’ sake, that so it might be all of grace.
His perpetual acceptance
with God is our acceptance, that nothing legal, nothing whereof we might
boast, might be mingled with the work of sovereigns grace. (Ephesians 1:6 Accepted on the Great Father)
Steven Cole also asks...
Why does Paul use that designation of
Jesus Christ (Beloved) here? There could be several reasons. The
eternal love that exists between the Father and the Son is a perfect
love. When the Father adopts us into His family, we are drawn into this
circle of infinite, perfect love (John 15:9). In Jesus’ great prayer for
His disciples just before the cross, He prays (John 17:23), “I in them
and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world
may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.”
What a staggering thought, that the Father loves us even as He loves
His own Son! So Paul calls Jesus “the Beloved” to show that
we are now in this relationship of love with the Father and the Son.
Also, Paul may call Jesus “the Beloved” to show the great price
that God paid to adopt us as His children. Jesus was supremely God’s
beloved Son, in whom He was well pleased (Matt. 3:17; Col. 1:13; Luke
20:13). Yet the Father and the Son were willing to interrupt this
perfect relationship of love so that the Son could go to the cross and
endure the wrath of the Father on our behalf! As Paul writes (Rom.
8:32), “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us
all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”
He (God the
Father) hath made us His
Hephzibahs (Hebrew = "my delight is in her" - This is God's heart
for Zion, who will once again be called "My delight is in her!" = Isa
62:4)--made us dear to Him in the Beloved--made us His delights, a
joy to Himself in the Beloved....And yet there are multitudes of
professing Christians who do not trust, or know, or believe that they
are accepted in Him, and who do not enjoy the blessedness and rest of
looking up into their Father’s face and recognizing the love bestowed on
them in the Father’s Beloved, and the security that that love has
surrounded them with!
They think they are only accepted according to the
measure of their prayers, their merits, their good works, and their
faith, instead of according to the measure of the Father’s everlasting
love for His Son.
Yes! we are here plainly taught that our acceptance in
the first place was not even on account of Christ’s own merits, or
prayers, or blood, or sacrifice, much less ours, but solely and only on
account of our relation to His person as God’s Beloved One; and the
subsequent interference of sin only brought out the resources of
redemption, forgiveness, salvation, and adoption in Him “in Whom all
fulness dwells.” (Col 1:19-note,
cp Col 2:9-note)
Verse six teaches us that every
true believer has been foreordained to be such a trophy of the grace
of God as to cause men to
praise the glory of His grace.
What astounding grace does the Lord
display—in accepting our poor, imperfect offerings! What rich merit
abides in our Lord Jesus! What sweet fragrance beyond expression dwells
in Him—to drown and destroy our foul sulphurous offerings, and to make
us accepted in the
Beloved! Glory be unto our glorious High Priest, whose perfect life and
sin-atoning death, is so sweet—that the Holy Judge is well pleased with
us for His righteousness' sake—and accepts us in Him, even with our
God’s grace can be poured out on
believers only because of what Christ has done for them. Hence, he
bestows his grace on us because we are in his dearly loved Son.
In the Beloved accepted am I,
Risen, ascended, and seated on high;
Saved from all sin thro' His infinite grace,
With the redeemed ones accorded a place!
speaks especially of love as based on evaluation and
choice, a matter of will and action. The
Beloved = Christ, the one the Father loves. Christ is the essence of the love that God with
which He loves the lost and which is the product of the Spirit in the heart
of the yielded believer. God the Father has always loved God the Son with
this love which is permanent. Note that Beloved is
which in this context
conveys the idea of permanence and speaks of the Father
having always loved Son. Christ is the One Who is ever in the
state of being loved by the Father! And where are saved sinners? In the
Beloved by grace through faith and because of our position we are now
begraced and acceptable to God.
It is interesting
to note that the term "Beloved" is a title applied in the
to Israel in its special role as God's chosen race.
The grace is
bestowed in and with Christ Himself. It is in the gift of God's Son that
the gift of grace becomes ours and the splendor of that grace is fully
realized and seen by mankind.
God the Father
declared for all to hear...
a voice out of the heavens, saying)
"This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well-pleased." (Mt 3:17)
And because we
have place our faith in the Beloved Son, God the Father...
delivered (rescued - see
us from the domain (exousia
- "right and the might")
of darkness (nothing less than the kingdom of Satan, in which we were
all once captive slaves - see Ep 2:1, 2-note,
and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son (Literally - the
kingdom of the Son of His love), (Col 1:13-note)
And as a result Paul can write to the
saints at Rome
addressing them as..
all who are beloved of God
in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our
Father and the Lord Jesus
Christ. (Ro 1:7-note)
The practical, albeit in human terms
not fully comprehensible, conclusion is that because we are in covenant (see
Covenant = exchange of Robes)
with Christ (one with Him, identified with Him by faith), all that our
Redeemer possesses is possessed by us and the Father now loves us even
as He loves His own dear Son and He wills for us to enjoy every
spiritual blessing that Christ enjoys in the heavenly places! What
manner of love is this. How great is the love with which the Father has
loved us and, yea, even love which was bestowed before the foundation of
the world! (Ep 1:3, 4-note)
Wuest explains that...
The words “in the Beloved” are
locative of sphere. That is, God the Father freely bestowed on us the
grace which saved us, and did so in the sphere of the Lord Jesus, His
Person and His work on the Cross. His grace could not operate in our
salvation apart from the atoning death of our Lord, for God is not only
a loving God, but a righteous and just God who cannot pass by sin, but
must require that it be paid for. Only thus can He manifest His grace.
K. S. Wuest's Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: Eerdmans)
Spurgeon notes that accepted in the
I. Positive union.
1. In the heart of Christ, and in
His heart from all eternity. With prescient eye Christ beheld His
people before they were yet formed. Hath He not said, “I have loved thee
with an everlasting love; therefore with the bands of My kindness have I
drawn thee.” “As the Father hath loved me, even so have I loved you.”
2. We are also in Christ’s book.
Having loved us we were chosen in Him and elected by His Father. We were
not chosen separately and distinctly, and as individuals alone and
apart. We were chosen in Christ. Blessed fact! the same register which
includes Christ as first born, includes all the brethren.
3. We are in Christ’s hand.
All those whom the Father gave to Christ were bestowed upon Christ as a
surety; and in the last great day, at the Redeemer’s hand will God
require the souls of all that were given to Him. Just as the Apostle
Paul argues concerning Levi, that Levi is inferior to Christ; for he
says, Abraham was less than Melchisedec, for without doubt the less is
blessed of the greater, so also Levi was less than Melchisedec, for he
was in the loins of Abraham when Melchisedec met him. So, beloved, as
Levi was in the loins of Abraham and paid tithes to Melchisedec, so we
were in the loins of Christ and paid the debt due to Divine justice,
gave to the law its fulfilment, and to wrath its satisfaction. In the
loins of Christ we have passed through the tomb already, and have
entered into that which is within the veil, and are made to sit down in
heavenly places, even in Him. This day the chosen of God are one with
Christ and in the loins of Christ.
5. As we are in the heart of
Christ, in the book of Christ, in the hand of Christ, and in the loins
of Christ, there is yet another thought dearer and sweeter still. We are
in the person of Christ; for we are members of His body, of His flesh,
and of His bones. By the mysterious operations of the quickening
Spirit the sinner begins to live a spiritual life. Now, in the moment
when the spiritual life was first given, there commenced in that soul a
vital and personal union with the person of Christ Jesus. There had
always been in that soul a secret mystical union in the Divine purpose;
but now there comes to be a union in effect, and the soul is in Christ
from that hour, in a sense in which it never was before.
II. Accepted in the Beloved. What
does our acceptance include?
1. Justification before God. We stand
on our own trial. When we stand in Christ we are acquitted; while
standing in ourselves the only verdict must be condemnation.
2. Divine complacency.
3. Divine delight.
III. Divine operations; “made
accepted.” All of God, not of man.
At the Cross...
we become 'accepted in the Beloved.'
Here the exchange takes place between the perfect and the imperfect.
Believing in the perfect One, we become 'complete in Him.' Conscious
only of evil, we take refuge in Him in whom there is no evil, that we
may be represented by him before God, and so treated by God as being
without evil, even in the eye of His holy law. Feeling our utter lack of
goodness, we flee out of ourselves to One in whom there is all
goodness—who is absolutely perfect; so perfect, so infinitely perfect,
that He has enough and to spare of His perfection for us. The fullness
of evil that is in us is thus not only covered over by the atonement of
the atoning Son of God, so as to become invisible, as if it were
non-existent—but is supplanted by the fullness of all goodness, is
exchanged for the perfection of another, even of the perfect One, so
that God, looking at us, sees only our Representative, and deals with us
according to His excellency and preciousness. What we should have
received, in the shape of punishment, He gets for us; what He claims and
deserves in the shape of reward, and glory, and favor, we get, as
represented by Him, and treated by God as entitled to all that to which
He is entitled.
Our consent to be treated on the footing of this foreign merit, this
perfection of another—is what God asks of us. Such is the proposal which
the gospel makes to us. This is substantially the meaning of our
believing in the Lord Jesus Christ. Receiving the divine testimony to
the sin-bearer as true, we give our consent to be represented by Him
before God. Thus we exchange places and persons with Him. He was made
sin, we are made righteousness; He takes the curse, we take the
blessing. We hear the cry upon the cross, "It is finished"—and we know
that the work which justifies is done. All that follows—resurrection and
ascension—is the result of the completed work; not the completing of it,
but the fruits of its completion. 'He was delivered, because we had
sinned; He was raised, because we were justified' (Romans 4:25). As it
was 'by the blood of the everlasting covenant' that He was brought from
the dead (Hebrews 13:20), so was it because our justification was
finished on the cross that He rose from the dead. The knowledge of this
brings to him who knows it forgiveness, acceptance, justification—we
become 'accepted in the Beloved.' (The
Cross Of The Lord Jesus)
He who has been accepted in the
beloved, has not daily to go and plead for acceptance, nor to do or say
anything which implies that the condemnation, from which he has been
delivered, has returned; but he has to mourn over, to confess, to seek
forgiveness for daily sins. The two states are quite distinct, yet quite
consistent with each other. The complete acceptance of the believing man
does not prevent his sinning, nor do away with the constant need of new
pardons for his sins; and the recurrence of sin does not cancel his
acceptance, nor is the obtaining of new pardons at variance with his
standing as a forgiven man. (Christ
Behold your present standing,
believer in Christ! Turn your eye away from all your failures in
obedience-the flaws and imperfections that mark your sincere endeavors
to serve Christ and to glorify God- and see where your true acceptance
is, even in the Beloved of the Father, "The Lord our righteousness." "Accepted
in the Beloved," is the record that will raise you above all the
fears and despondencies arising from your shortcomings and failures, and
fill you with peace, and joy, and assurance. (Christ,
Every poor sinner who has fled to Him
for refuge stands "accepted in the Beloved" (Eph 1:6). Hallelujah! (The
Attributes of God)
By nature we were "under the
(sentence of) law," but now believers are "under grace" (Ro 6:14). By
nature we were "children of wrath" (Eph 2:2), but now we are "accepted
in the Beloved" (Eph 1:6). Under the first covenant we were "in Adam"
(1Cor 15:22), but now we are "in Christ" (Ro 8:1). As believers in
Christ we have everlasting life, and because of this we "shall not come
into condemnation." (Comfort
Such a one has been accepted in the
Beloved, accorded a standing before God which neither the Law nor Satan
can challenge, and made nearer and dearer to God than are the holy
angels. Tell such a one that something else is still required from him,
before God can regard him with approbation—that the redemption of Christ
must be added to, by his own good works—and he rejects such an aspersion
with the utmost abhorrence, as the Devil's lie! (An
A present salvation is an essential
element of this Gospel Banquet thus provided for us in the wilderness.
For the lack of a more simple recognition of this aspect of the gospel,
many of God's people are deprived of much blessing. If saved at all-we
are saved now. The believer is as entirely pardoned- as completely
justified- as fully adopted at the present moment, as he will be when
glorified. "By grace you are saved." "Accepted in the Beloved." "You are
complete in Him." Could any truth be expressed in terms more strong, or
placed in light more lucid? Oh marvelous banquet, that meets and
satisfies all the requirements of the soul! Come to it with what
infirmity- with what need- with what sorrow- with what frame you may,
there is a place and a viand for you; a loving welcome, and a most free
meal. "You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies." (The
How few, in the language of the
prophet, "possess these possessions." But the word of God fully
justifies this view of a present salvation. Listen to its language. "I
write unto you, little children, because ,our sins are forgiven for His
name's sake " Observe, it is a present forgiveness! " To the praise of
the glory of His grace, wherein He has made us accepted in the Beloved."
Observe, it is a present acceptance! "Beloved, now are we the sons of
God" Mark, it is a present adoption! "There is therefore now no
condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus " Notice, it is a present
acquittal! Such is the authority upon which we earnestly urge you to
realize your present standing in Christ. (THE
GOD OF PATIENCE)
"He has made us favorites," so
Chrysostom and Theophylact render it. "God has ingratiated us," he has
made us gracious in the Son of his love. Through the blood of Christ, we
are lovely and beautiful in God's eyes.
"Accepted" -- what a gracious
word! What a wealth of significance in it! Those that were by nature
"children of disobedience and wrath"." (Eph 2:2,3); so "far-off" from
God that they were called strangers" (Eph 2:19); so deep down in the
abyss of death and depravity that they were "without hope" (Eph 2:12);
yet here said to be "accepted." How could such a change ever be wrought
in the sinner? If so utterly disobedient, he would not want acceptance;
if so utterly depraved, he could not make himself acceptable, even if he
desired to. The sinner of Eph 2:1-3 is rendered both hopeless and
helpless by sin. Then by whom and on what ground was the change wrought
by which he was taken into the very heart and home of God?
"Made accepted." God has left
to the sinner not an inch of ground for boasting. Not an atom of
anything either in his character or in his conduct can avail to bring
him into God's favour. If he is ever accepted by God, God Himself must
act on his behalf.
John 17:23. "That the world may know
that thou hast... loved them as thou hast loved me. "
Near, so very near to God
Nearer I could not be;
For in the person of His Son,
I'm just as near as He.
Dear, so very dear to God,
Dearer I could not be:
For in the person of His Son,
I'm just as dear as He.
"To the praise of the glory of his
Surely every saint should have a singing heart, and the theme of
his song should ever be the matchless grace of God. The saints on earth
and the redeemed in heaven unite in one grand, glorious symphony of
"praise to the glory of his grace" wherein He took sinners like us and
"made us accepted in the beloved."
Let us take one backward glance at
our immeasurable wealth in the Father's grace before we look forward to
that in the redemptive work of His Son:
Through His grace -- chosen -- loved
Through the exceeding riches of His
grace -- accepted -- loved as the Son is loved.
Could our Father do more than this for us? Could He do less for His Son?
Then should not our fearful, trembling hearts rest full-length upon the
exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus?
And should not the
dominating passion of our lives be to live to the praise of the glory of
several human examples of "acceptance" based upon another
David saw the features of his friend Jonathan in lame
and therefore loved him. He forgave Nabal at Abigail's intercession; and
was pacified toward Absalom at Joab's. Pharaoh favoured Jacob's house
for Joseph's sake. Shall not God do as much more for Jesus' sake? Joseph
was well pleased with his brethren when they brought Benjamin; bring but
the child Jesus in our arms (as Simeon did, and as Themistocles did the
king of Persia's child) and he cannot but smile upon us. Were he never
so much displeased before, yet upon the sight of this his well-beloved
Son, in whom he is well pleased, all shall be calm and quiet, as the sea
was when once Jonas was cast into it. (Trapp's Commentary on the New
J Sidlow Baxter associates the OT Levitical high priest's role
(Aaron) in assuring acceptance of the sons of Israel before God
(see Ex 28:38) and the NT truths about our Great High Priest...
As our Lord (Jesus Christ) represents us on high, "Holiness to the
Lord" flashes from His brow. The brow is the noblest and most
distinguishing feature of man. Holiness must be written here, to be seen
before all else as the High Priest enters the most Holy Presence. This
is the first thing God beholds in our glorious High Priest in the
heavenly sanctuary. He bears it on HIS forehead that WE may be
accepted! As Aaron was to bear the "holy crown" always (Ex 28:38),
so Christ bears it always for us, so that in Him we become ALWAYS
ACCEPTED! All this is taught doctrinally in the New Testament -
especially in Ephesians and Hebrews. We are "accepted in the Beloved"
(Ep 1:6) who bears us on His heart before God. We are chosen "in Him" to
be "holy and without blame," (Eph 1:4) for He is our holiness. (Ed:
Our "holiness" positionally is the Person of Christ. This truth should
motivate and empower us [renew our minds] to daily work out of our high,
holy position in practice!) We are told of the Divine "power to us-ward
who believe" - and that power is seen, in Christ who bears His people on
His mighty shoulder, "far above all principality and power and might,
and every name that is named"! (Eph 1:21)
Well may our praise forever flow to God for such a Saviour!
(J Sidlow Baxter, Explore the Book)
Pastor Ray Stedman applies the truth of Ephesians 1:6...
A number of years ago I was called on to visit a dear old Presbyterian
pastor, retired, who was then over 94 years old. He had grown old in the
service of God, with a wonderful record of faithful service to the Lord
behind him. He called me on the phone one morning and asked me to come
to see him. I found him plunged into the depths of gloom and despair. He
said to me, "I've been thinking about my life and how little it has
counted for Christ." With tears running down his face, he looked up at
me and said, "Oh, Ray, I wonder sometimes if I'm even saved." What was
the trouble? The enemy was using the circumstances of his long
inactivity, his inability to do something active for the Lord, as an
opportunity to bring him under condemnation. "Whenever our hearts
condemn us," that is the problem, is it not? What a common one it is. It
occurs so frequently and seemingly without good reason at all.
Now what is the remedy? Well, look at what John says. We must "know that
we are of the truth." That is the essential thing.
We must reestablish the great fact
of our relationship to Christ.
We must have ground for believing and reassuring ourselves that we are
indeed "justified by faith," standing in God's presence not by our own
righteousness, but by the righteousness of the Son of God, that we
are accepted in the Beloved, that we are "in Christ," because, as
Paul tells us in Romans 8, "There is therefore now no condemnation to
those that are in Christ," Romans 8:1). In Christ all that He is appears
on our behalf and therefore there is no condemnation to us. Now,
therefore, if we are going to silence the doubts of our hearts, we must
know that we are "of the truth." That is where we must begin. (Ed:
As an aside, remember that truth counters the lies of Satan and that the
battlefield is our "mind.") This is what we saw in Ephesians where the
Apostle Paul urges us to put on the breastplate of righteousness
Ephesians 6:14), by which the heart is guarded, the emotions, which are
so easily subject to discouragement, gloom, and despair. Put on the
breastplate of righteousness. Realize again that you are "of the truth,"
for it is by the mind's knowledge that the heart's doubts are silenced.
William S Plumer
The Christian is a paradox. Because
he has Christ, he has the unsearchable riches of Christ. .
Believers . . .
have full and free forgiveness of all
are fully accepted in the Beloved;
are clothed in Christ's spotless righteousness;
are adopted into the family of God;
have a perfect title to heaven through Christ;
have God for their Father,
have Christ for their Savior,
have the Holy Spirit for their Comforter,
have heaven for their home;
shall be like Christ and with Christ forever;
shall inherit all things;
(Believers) are sure of ultimate
victory over . . .
commenting on Phil 1:2 gives us the
balance we must remember when we speak of "accepted in the Beloved"...
We are thoroughly secure in the father --> son relationship we have with
God, for we are eternally ACCEPTED in the Beloved. Eph. 1:6. Nothing,
but nothing can separate us from the love of God. It must also be
remembered however, that Christ is our Lord. We have been bought with a
price and our bodies are no longer our own. We now are the property of
Jesus Christ and are subject to His desires for our life. Therefore we
are ACCOUNTABLE as well as ACCEPTED.
J C Philpot in "Meditations on
Matters of Christian Faith & Experience"
has a section on the
miserable dregs of self...
"To the praise of the glory of His
grace, wherein He has made us accepted in the Beloved." Ephes. 1:6
We are ever looking for something in self to make ourselves
acceptable to God, and are often sadly cast down and discouraged
when we cannot find . . .
that calm submission to the will of God,
that serenity of soul,
that spirituality and heavenly-mindedness
which we believe to be acceptable in His sight.
Our . . .
fretful, peevish minds,
alienation from good,
headlong proneness to ill,
with the daily feeling that we get no
better but rather worse, make us think that God views us just as we view
ourselves. And this brings on great darkness of mind and bondage of
spirit, and we seem to lose sight of our acceptance in Christ, and
get into the miserable dregs of self, almost ready to quarrel with
God because we are so vile, and only get worse as we get older.
Now the more we get into these dregs of self, and the more we keep
looking at the dreadful scenes of wreck and ruin which our heart
presents to daily view, the farther do we get from the grace of the
gospel, and the more do we lose sight of the only ground of our
acceptance with God. It is "in the Beloved" that we are accepted, and
not for any . . .
good hearts, or
good intentions of our own.
If our acceptance with God depended
on anything in ourselves, we would have to adopt the Wesleyan creed, and
believe we might be children of God today and children of the devil
What, then, is to keep us from sinking altogether into despair, without
hope or help? Why, a knowledge of our acceptance "in the Beloved,"
independent of everything in us, good or bad.
"Their righteousness is of Me, says the Lord."
"You are complete in Him."
What a universal chorus of harmonious voices do we hear all
sounding forth the same melodious strain--that we are accepted in
"He saved us, not because of the good things we did, but because of His
mercy." Titus 3:5
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Dr Harry A
Ironside has the following illustration on "Accepted in the Beloved"
Years ago I was preaching in the
small town of Roosevelt, Washington, on the north bank of the Columbia
River. I was the guest of friends who were sheep-raisers. It was lambing
time and every morning we went out to see the lambs—hundreds of
them—playing about on the green. One morning I was startled to see an
old ewe go loping across the road, followed by the strangest looking
lamb I had ever beheld. It apparently had six legs, and the skin seemed
to be partially torn from its body in a way that made me feel the poor
little creature must be suffering terribly. But when one of the herders
caught the lamb and brought it over to me, the mystery was explained.
That lamb did not really belong originally to that ewe. She had a lamb
which was bitten by a rattlesnake and died. This lamb that I saw was an
orphan and needed a mother’s care. But at first the bereft ewe refused
to have anything to do with it. She sniffed at it when it was brought to
her, then pushed it away, saying as plainly as a sheep could say it,
“That is not our family odor!” So the herders skinned the lamb that had
died and very carefully drew the fleece over the living lamb. This left
the hind-leg coverings dragging loose. Thus covered, the lamb was
brought again to the ewe. She smelled it once more and this time seemed
thoroughly satisfied and adopted it as her own.
It seemed to me to be a beautiful
picture of the grace of God to sinners. We are all outcasts and have no
claim upon His love. But God’s own Son, the “Lamb of God that takes
away the sin of the World,” has died for us and now we who believe are
dressed up in the fleece of the Lamb who died. Thus, God has accepted us
in Him, and “there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in
Christ Jesus.” We are as dear to the heart of the Father as His own
holy, spotless Son. (Illustrations of Bible Truth. Moody Press, 1945)
So dear, so very
dear to God,
More dear I cannot be;
The love wherewith He loves His Son,
Such is His love to me.
So near, so very near to God,
Nearer I could not be,
For in the person of His Son,
I am as near as He.
(cf John 17:23)
Beloved, do you see what John 17:23 is saying? Jesus is saying the love
which the Father has for believers in Christ is of the same degree as
the love which He has for His Son! Now if that does "blow us away" with
God's amazing grace, I don't know what will!
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In Morning and
Evening, Spurgeon writes the following devotional on Ephesians
What a state of privilege! It
includes our justification before God, but the term "acceptance" in the
Greek means more than that. It signifies that we are the objects of
divine complacence (Ed: Webster's 1828 = "the cause of pleasure or
joy"!), nay, even of divine delight. How marvelous that we, worms,
mortals, sinners, should be the objects of divine love! But it is only
"in the beloved."
Some Christians seem to be accepted in their own
experience, at least, that is their apprehension. When their spirit is
lively, and their hopes bright, they think God accepts them, for they
feel so high, so heavenly-minded, so drawn above the earth! But when
their souls cleave to the dust, they are the victims of the fear that
they are no longer accepted. If they could but see that all their high
joys do not exalt them, and all their low despondencies do not really
depress them in their Father's sight, but that they stand accepted in
One Who never alters, in One Who is always the beloved of God, always
perfect, always without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, how much
happier they would be, and how much more they would honour the Saviour!
Rejoice then, believer, in this: thou art accepted "in the beloved."
Thou lookest within, and thou sayest, "There is nothing acceptable
here!" But look at Christ, and see if there is not everything acceptable
there. Thy sins trouble thee; but God has cast thy sins behind His back,
and thou art accepted in the Righteous One. Thou hast to fight with
corruption, and to wrestle with temptation, but thou art already
accepted in him who has overcome the powers of evil. The devil tempts
thee; be of good cheer, he cannot destroy thee, for thou art accepted in
him who has broken Satan's head. Know by full assurance thy glorious
standing. Even glorified souls are not more accepted than thou art. They
are only accepted in heaven "in the beloved," and thou art even now
accepted in Christ after the same manner.
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So Many Blessings -
When disaster strikes, people are
exceedingly generous in their outpouring of assistance. After the
terrorist attacks in September 2001, New York City was flooded with an
estimated $75 million worth of towels, blankets, flashlights, water
bottles, canned beans, shovels, toothpaste, stuffed animals, radios,
rubber boots, and thousands of other items. There was so much stuff that
those affected could not use it all.
This reminds me of what happens when we turn in faith to Christ as our
Savior. We were facing a personal disaster. Our sins put us in danger of
an eternity of separation from God. The future was dark, hopeless.
Then Jesus stepped in and offered rescue. When we trusted Him, our
heavenly Father lavished us with spiritual riches. Now we have more
blessings than we can possibly use up. We are part of God's family
(Ephesians 1:5). We have "redemption" and "the forgiveness of sins"
(Ep 1:7). We are heirs of the One who owns everything (Ep 1:11). Our
inheritance is sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ep 1:13,14).
The blessings of being a Christian just keep on coming. They'll never
run out. What a generous, thoughtful God we serve! Let's praise Him for
the countless blessings that overflow in our lives. —Dave Branon (Our
Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by
permission. All rights reserved)
Give me a spirit of thankfulness,
For numberless blessings given;
Blessings that daily come to me
Like dewdrops falling from heaven.
God's generous giving deserves thankful living.
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As the gospel was being presented to
a woman, she explained she had tried her best to please God. Then she
added, "But I'm afraid God will never accept me."
The Christian talking with her said, "I agree with you. He never will."
A look of astonishment came over the woman's face, for she had not
expected such a response.
The believer then explained, "No, He never will, but God has accepted
His Son, and if you join yourself to Him through faith, you will find
Many people have been deceived into thinking they must somehow earn
acceptance in the eyes of God. The Bible, however, tells us that there
is nothing in us, nor in what we do, that can in any way merit God's
love and favor (Ro 3:28; Eph. 2:1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Our salvation is rooted in God's
sovereign choice, His mercy, and Christ's sacrificial death for us (Eph.
1:4, 5, 6,7).
Trying to understand why God accepts us may baffle our minds, but the
how is clear. Our acceptance comes in and through the Lord Jesus Christ,
who paid the penalty for our sin, and who joins us to Himself. When we
put our personal trust in Him and accept His forgiveness, we can be sure
that we have been accepted. --Henry G. Bosch (Our
Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by
permission. All rights reserved)
Sons of God, beloved in Jesus!
O the wondrous word of grace;
In His Son the Father sees us,
And as sons He gives us place.
God accepts all who accept His Son.