In Yosemite this past month, we encountered some smoke but only at the higher elevations. It was so refreshing when the following day (after this image was captured), we experienced a deluge of rain, cleansing the atmosphere.
Whether the air is subpar with smoke or freshly humidified with rain, I love Yosemite views!
This passage in Ephesians is not meant to discourage us with words like predestinated or adoption. The smoke of human allusions to these words could be negative or may cloud our understanding of the spiritual perspective.
How much better to see it as a mystery, high elevation beauty that exudes God’s goodness. How can God be inclusive with a word like predestined? Or is it the phrase “adoption to himself” that clarifies the intent of God’s heart?
Even those of us who are not Israel have been shown mercy and grace, being included as adopted sons and daughters.
The Holy Spirit guarantees the inheritance for us. Jesus Christ the Lord bought the inheritance for our redemption from sin. God the Father foreknew (planned) what would happen because it was in His heart to rescue all of mankind.
Today, take a look at the view and be awed by the mystery. When He works all things together for good (Romans 8:28) (to those who love God and are called according to his purpose), He really means that His purpose will stand. #mystery
In spite of my brokenness, He is making things more beautiful than I can ask or imagine.- Teresa #loveGodfirst
Ephesians 1:3-14 (ESV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us[b] for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known[c] to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee[d] of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it,[e] to the praise of his glory.