Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will – Ephesians 1:4–5 ESV
Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ – Ephesians 2:12–13
I’ve been thinking about these four verses a lot recently. And through them, the Lord has been revealing a little bit more of His heart for us to me. If they’re both true, they tell us something incredible about God’s love and plan for us.
God was thinking of each one of us personally before the foundation of the world (necessarily before the fall) and only the blood of Jesus was sufficient to provide for the adoption planned since eternity past.
From before the foundation of the world, He was planning on adopting us. From before the foundation of the world, He was planning on dying for us.
Here in these two statements lies an incredible truth about the heart of God.
He made us worth dying for.
Even as He was dreaming up creation, He was dreaming of children worth dying for. Fully aware that I would fall short of His glory in my lifetime and long before I could do anything to even try to please Him, He had already decided that I was worth dying for.
Not because of anything I’ve ever done or will do, but only because of Him and His love I can say that even when I make mistakes I am not an accident. Even when I fail I am not a failure. Even when I sin blatantly I am not scorned and turned away. I am a child of God worth dying for.
How deep the Father’s love for us. How vast beyond all measure.