If you want to know how to properly estimate God’s love for us, then just behold the Beloved – Jesus Christ. He whom was held tightly and eternally in the bosom of the Father and with such delight. Yet the Father did not spare His own son but gave Him up for us all.
Well if you would, turn with me in your Bibles to Ephesians chapter one. I want to complete verse 6. We began to look at it last week as we thought about, “to the praise of the glory of God’s grace.” We talked about praising. We talked about God seeking worshipers. Let’s read Ephesians chapter 1 verses 5 and 6.
Picking up the last two words of verse 4, “in love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ according to the purpose of His will to the praise of the glory of His grace…” we looked at that, that’s not an adjective, that’s a noun. “The glory of His grace.”
These are the words I want to deal with today, “with which he has blessed us in the beloved.” “With which,” what is what is the which referring to? His grace is that with which He has blessed us in the beloved. And what I want us to think about right here, in the first few minutes is the word blessed. “He has blessed us.”
And I want us to think, I want us to do a bit of a word study here, “blessed.” Now listen to this, and I know not all of you have the English Standard Version. The New American Standard says this, speaking about His grace, the glory of His grace “which he freely bestowed.” The ESV says blessed us. The New American Standard says He freely bestowed on us in the beloved….