Accepted in the Beloved
I continued teaching on the New Testament realities in church yesterday. I’ve been teaching on that subject for a month now: we’ve learnt about the types of righteousness, the priestly ministry of believers, and yesterday, we saw that we have been accepted by God in Christ.
Ephesians 1:3-6 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”
We are not trying to be accepted by God, He has already accepted us!
I like 1 Peter 2:10. It says, “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.” We have obtained mercy! Hallelujah!
We also saw Romans 9:25-26.
I taught them that there’s no difference between us and the Jews anymore. In Christ, we are all the same in the sight of God. Galatians 3:28, Colossians 3:11, Romans 10:12, Acts 15:7-9.
There’s nothing God will do for a Jew that He won’t do for us. We are as blessed as the Israelites. We are in no way inferior; we are all children of God, accepted in the Beloved!
Pastor Chinaemerem Ibezim
Able Ministers Chapel