Our Position and Purpose in Christ

I. We have been CHOSEN – Ephesians 1:4

A. Many are called – few chosen (Matthew 22:14).

1. EKLEGOMAI is the Greek word: “personal choice.”

2. Mark 13:20 demonstrates the word usage.

3. EKLEKTOS (synonym) denotes “a favorite” (Revelation 17:14).

B. Jesus Christ chose us – out of the World (John 15:16, 19).

1. It was not because we were good. (Deuteronomy 7:6-8)

2. It was not because we are significant. (1 Corinthians 1:26-29)

3. It was THROUGH God’s process.  (2 Thessalonians 2:13)

4. It was based on God’s foreknowledge. (1 Peter 1:2)

II. We have been PREDESTINATED by God – Ephesians 1:5

A. God elected certain people to salvation (Acts 13:48; Romans 8:28-30).

1. This election took place before creation (Revelation 17:8; Ephesians 1:4).

2. This election extends to activities after salvation (Jeremiah 1:5; 1 Corinthians 1:26-29; Ephesians 2:10).

3. This election can be better understood by word analysis.

a. It is a calling.
1) KALEO means invite, to name (Romans 8:28, 30; 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 1:9; 2 Peter 1:3).
2) KLETOS means to appoint by invitation (Jude 1; 1 Corinthians 1:24; Revelation 17:14).
b. It is a choosing.
1) PROSCHEIROTONEO means to choose in advance (Acts 10:41; 22:14).
2) EKLEGOMI means to select a favorite (John 15:16; Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:2).
3) AIREOMAI means to take one's own (2 Thess. 2:13).
c. It is an ordering.
1) TITHEMI means to place, to arrange (John 15:16).
2) TASSO means to assign, to appoint (Acts 13:48; Romans 13:1).
3) PROORAO means to see in advance (Romans 8:29, 30; Ephesians 1:5,11).

B. God has done this “according to His purpose” -- 1:11

1. It meets His good pleasure and purpose (Ephesians 1:5-11; Isaiah 46:9-10).

a. God is not pleased with wickedness (Psalm 5:4, 2:1-12).
b. God is not pleased with foolishness (Ecclesiastes 5:4).
c. God is not pleased with death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23, 32, 33:11).
d. God is not pleased with disobedience (Malachi 1:10).
e. God is not pleased with the flesh (Romans 8:8).
f. God is not pleased without faith (Hebrews 11:6).
g. God does not want any to perish (2 Peter 3:9).
h. God wants all to come to repentance (Acts 17:30; Matthew 23:37).

2. It is implemented according to His foreknowledge (1 Peter 1:2).

a. This recognizes the operation of belief (2 Thessalonians 2:13).
b. This recognizes the operation of obedience (1 Peter 1:2, 22).

3. It is necessary for election to satisfy the very nature of God.

a. If election were to predetermine all events, then everything is good:  there is no sin (1 John 3:4, 5).
b. If election were based on my deeds, then God would be the justifier of evil (Galatians 2:16-21).
c. If God were not holy, election would be non-existent (Romans 11:5-6).

C. This has resulted in the “Adoption of Children.” Romans 8:14-17

III. We have been ACCEPTED by God – Ephesians 1:6

A. Literally, we have been “graced” in the “Loved One.” (1:6)

B. We have received “fullness” (John 1:16)

C. We “stand” (are made to stand) in this grace. (Romans 5:2)

IV. We have been REDEEMED and FORGIVEN.

A. Our Redemption buys us back from another ownership.

1. This acknowledges that we cannot. (Psalm 49:6-8, 15)

2. God alone can redeem us. (Hosea 13:9,14)

3. The purchase price is Jesus’ death. (Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Isaiah 53; John 3; etc.)

B. God’s Forgiveness is both complete and eternal.

1. Our sins are covered (Psalm 32:1) and forgotten (Jeremiah 31:34).

2. Our sins are impossible to recover (Psalm 103:12; Micah 7:19).

3. Our sins are eternally gone (Hebrews 10:10-18; Isaiah 38:17).

4. Our sins are washed away (1 John 1:9-10).

V. We have other inherited positions in Christ.

A. We are declared righteous, dead to our old sins, and risen with Christ.

1. 2 Corinthians 5:21;

2. Romans 6:8 and Galatians 2:20

3. Romans 6:11 and Colossians 3:1

B. We are “sons” and are “heirs” and “joint-heirs” with Christ.

1. Galatians 3:26

2. Romans 8:17

C. We are Kings and Priests with Christ (Revelation 5:10 and 1:6).

VI. We are “Chosen” so that we should be HOLY and WITHOUT BLAME.

A. The “holiness” expected is in essence “a separation.”

1. The pagan use was, “devoted to the gods.” (Mark 6:20).

2. The Biblical use emphasizes “separation.”

a. Romans 12:1-2
b. Colossians 3:12
c. 2 Timothy 1:9
d. Hebrews 3:1
e. 1 Peter 2:5-9

B. The “blamelessness” expected emphasizes “reputation.”

1. There are two viewpoints for this “blamelessness.” (Colossians 1:21,22)

2. The Viewpoint from God as we will be.

a. 1 Corinthians 1:8
b. 1 Thessalonians 5:23

3. The Viewpoint from the others around us.

a. Philippians 2:14-16
b. 2 Peter 3:14

VII. We are to result in the PRAISE of His GLORIOUS GRACE.

A. The praise of His glory is to be vocal and verbal. (Luke 18:43; 19:37)

B. The focal point of our praise is God’s grace to us.

1. 1 Peter 1:3-7

2. Philippians 1:9-11

3. Hebrews 13:15

4. Revelation 21:11,23

VIII. We are to expect Christ to gather all things together under His rule.

A. The prayer of Jesus focused on this end. (John 17:20-24)

B. The big picture of this goal is exciting.

1. There will be one Church. (Hebrews 12:22-23, 28)

2. The greatest enemy will disappear. (1 Corinthians 15:19-28)

3. The victory will be secured.  (1 Corinthians 15:50-58)



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