Ephesians 1:12


The Apostle Paul tells us three times in fourteen verses that the purpose of the Triune God in our salvation is that we should be to the praise of his glory. One reason given why we should desire his glory is given in these words - "That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ."

Our heavenly Father entered into a covenant with his Son on our behalf before the world began for the saving of our souls. In Hebrews 13:20, it is called the everlasting covenant. Frequently it is called the new covenant. This covenant was made in eternity, between God the Father and God the Son; but it was made for us. In so far as the benefits and blessings of it to us are concerned, it is an unconditional covenant. The Lord God said, "I will love them freely? I will be their God; and they shall be my people." This everlasting covenant of grace is a sure covenant, a covenant which infallibly secured and guaranteed to God's elect all the blessings of salvation and eternal life in Christ (Jer 31:3, 31-34; 32:38-40 2 Sam. 23:5).

The only condition to the covenant and the blessings of grace and salvation promised in it was the obedience of the Son of God as our Substitute unto death (Heb. 13:20). And there never was a danger of that condition not being met by the Son of God! There was never the slightest possibility of failure on his part. He was willing to obey. He was able to obey. And he did obey his Father's will even unto death, even unto the shedding of his blood, the blood of the everlasting covenant!

Having found a ransom for our souls in the Person of his own Son, our heavenly Father gave his chosen into the hands of his Son, as sheep into the hands of a shepherd, and trusted him with the salvation of our souls and the glory of his own great name (John 6:39). If God the Father has trusted his glory to his dear Son as our Substitute and Savior and trusted the salvation of our souls to his hands, how we ought to trust him with our immortal souls and with all that concerns us. If the Father trusted him, he is a trustworthy Savior!

Upon the basis of this covenant, our heavenly Father accepted us in Christ from eternity (Eph. 1:4-6). Be sure you do not fail to grasp the teaching of Holy Scripture regarding the matter of our acceptance before God. Our acceptance is in Christ. Our acceptance is from everlasting to everlasting. Our acceptance is absolute and unconditional. Our acceptance means that God the Father, our heavenly Father, looks upon us in Christ as perfect in him, and has done so from eternity. He declares, "It must be perfect to be accepted!" Being "accepted in the beloved," our heavenly Father has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in Christ from eternity and has promised to bless us forever for Christ's sake (Eph. 1:3; 2 Tim. 1:9). The Lord God commanded Aaron, his high priest, to bless his people symbolically (Num. 6:23), because he had sworn from eternity, for Christ's sake, saying, "I will bless them" (Num. 6:27).