he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, – Ephesians 1:5
The last words in verse 4 belong with this verse. It says, “In love”. And it is in love that God has predestined us for adoption as sons. He predestined us, meaning that He had decided our course beforehand, that we would be adopted as sons, welcomed now into His family, being given Fatherly love and care, and becoming joint-heirs with the Savior.
This predestined adoption was accomplished “through Jesus Christ”. In order for us to be adopted, we needed to become adoptable, and it was through Christ’s work on the cross, trading our sinfulness for His righteousness, that all who believe in Him can now be adopted into His family. We went from enemies of God to “sons” and daughters of God.
This predestination for adoption, Paul adds, is “according to the purpose of” God’s will. Why did He adopt us? Was it because He saw something worthy in us? No, as we saw earlier, He did it in love, and now we also see that He adopted us according to the purpose of His will. Our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases. And it pleased Him to adopt sinners like us.
Verse 6 further explains why He has done it: “to the praise of His glorious grace”. This was for His glory, to display to all creation the glory of His grace, to the end that we would praise it. And indeed, such an act is worthy of endless praise.
If you are a believer in Jesus, in love, God has predestined you for adoption as a son or daughter through Jesus Christ. May we praise Him all the day long!
Thank You, Father, for Your adopting love.