We Are Accepted Into the Beloved
The church was in the mind of God from before creation (verse 4). He had a plan because he knew that when he created man he would be created with the potential to succumb to the temptation of the evil one. I find it amusing that Satan thought he got the best of God when he enticed Adam and Eve to sin, but he didn’t know that he was playing right into God’s plan.
From the beginning God had predetermined a way by which man could be restored to the person he had originally intended him to be. When mankind fell from grace in the garden he became a man of the earth. That was his condition until Christ came as the ultimate sacrifice to atone for the sins of man.
Now, because of what God has done through Christ, we have the opportunity to be adopted into the family of God. We literally, at least in the Spirit realm, become children of God when we receive Christ into our lives. This is the good pleasure of God.
We who have received Christ become as the returned prodigal. Our sonship is affirmed and we are fully accepted into the beloved (which is Christ). What this means to us is that what we were does not affect what we are in Christ. When we received Christ we were received by God and we literally became a part of the body of Christ who is the beloved of the Father. That means we are now the beloved of God.
Whatever you and I might have been in the past is totally wiped away and now all that God sees in us is that we are his beloved. I have a friend who is plagued with self doubts and fear that he will do something wrong and go to hell. I constantly encourage him that he is the beloved of God and that God’s only intention for him is for him to have eternal life.
My friend, I want to encourage you that you are accepted into the beloved, you are accepted into Christ. God looks past what we have been and looks to what we are becoming in the beloved.
Prayer: Lord, I thank you for accepting me into the beloved.
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