"(3) Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (4) For chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love (5) he predestined us for adoption to son-ship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will - (6) to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. (7) In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with riches of God's grace (8) that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, (9) he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, (10) to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment - to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. (11) In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, (12) in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory."
The God Who Chooses Us
There's nothing more humbling than salvation. We might like to think we did something that made our heavenly Father look down and say, "now, there's a person worth saving," but this simply is not the case. We had absolutely nothing to offer God except our sin. And what's more, today's passage tells us that "He chose us in [Christ] before the foundation of the world" (Ephesians 1"4). How could we possibly take any credit for something that happened before we were born?
God chose us, not when we were saved but before we had done anything noteworthy - in fact, long before we even came into existence. our part was simply to respond to the conviction of the Holy Spirit, the offer of forgiveness by the Son, and the love of our heavenly Father. That should remove any sense of pride about how we were saved.
What's even more amazing about our salvation is its permanency: Choosing us to be holy and blameless before Him forever, God predestined us to become His adopted children and heirs of His kingdom (Ephesians 1:4-5; Ephesians 1:11). Our future in heaven is not only free from the penalty and power of sin but also free from son's very existence. Never again will we succumb to unrighteous desires or even battle temptation.
In light of this loving rescue plan, we marvel at the fact that God knew us before we were born and chose to save us. My friend, we should fall on our face before Jesus Christ in humble adoration, praise, and gratitude for His great love and mercy.