Monday, January 3, 2011

The Glorious Eternal Purpose of God’s Sovereign Grace

In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:3-6)

Excerpt from “The Glory of God as Provider of Grace” – 2011-01-02
Our adoption by God is rooted in the eternal purpose of glorifying God’s grace: “to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” In the original language the phrase “to the praise of His glorious grace” literally reads “to the praise of the glory of His grace.” What this means is that God chose us “before the foundation of the world” - and adopted us in spite of our unworthiness as fallen sinners once we were born into this world – “for the purpose of His will” to make His grace look glorious. Why God did save us? For "the praise of the glory of His grace” . . .

. . . God’s central purpose in choosing, adopting and saving us from the enslavement and condemnation of our sin is not to make us happy or to provide us with His blessings or to help us escape the torment of hell. God’s purposes are eternal, not temporal. God saved us "so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus”. . .

When that day comes the entire universe will be filled with the glory of the crucified and risen Jesus Christ, the Son of God - the King of kings and Lord of lords. And that glory, the Bible tells us, will be in the making His people the showcase of His sovereign grace towards them. Jesus will fill the universe with his glory by showing the universe how he chose us, how he predestined us, how he adopted us, how he came for us, taught us, suffered for us, died for us, rose for us and reigns with us; how he called us and justified us and cleansed us and keeps us and will raise us up through him and will glorify us in him and will satisfy us with him forever and ever - “according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace.”
LISTEN TO THE FULL SERMON HERE –