YOU WERE KNOWN BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD [1.]
Ephesians 1:4 In Christ, he chose us before the world was made. He chose us in love to be his holy people--people who could stand before him without any fault.
Ephesians 1:5 And before the world was made, God decided to make us his own children through Jesus Christ. This was what God wanted, and it pleased him to do it.
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WHAT WAS IT HE KNEW ABOUT US?
LET'S FIND OUT -
AMENDED HOUT’S QUESTIONNAIRE
IT IS VITAL THAT WE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS NO ATTEMPT BEING MADE TO PUT PEOPLE IN BOXES.
THE FRUIT IS ALWAYS THE WAY, WE LOOK AT WHAT HAS BEEN DONE; --- NEARLY THIRTY YEARS IN THIS FIELD HAS SHOWN OVER AND OVER, AGAIN, THAT THE FRUIT OF WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST IS FREEDOM; GLORIOUS FREEDOM TO BE WHO WE ARE.
Even as [in His love] He chose us -- actually picked us out for Himself as His own – in Christ before the foundation of the world; that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love.
For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted [revealed] as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will – because it pleased Him and was His kind intent;
[So that we might be] to the praise and the commendation of His glorious grace – favorfavour and mercy – which He so freely bestowed on us in the beloved.
Making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will – of His plan, of His purpose. [And it is this:] In accordance with His good pleasure (His merciful intention) which He had previously purposed and set forth in Him,
[He planned] for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on earth. In Him we were also made [God’s] heritage (portion) and we obtained an inheritance; for we had been foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) in accordance with His purpose, Who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His [own] will. So that we who first hoped in Christ – who first put our confidence in Him [have been destined – who first hoped in Christ – who first put our confidence in Him – [have been destined and appointed] to live for the praise of His glory!
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us, (taking paths which He prepared ahead of time) that we should walk in them – living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live.
[The purpose is] that through the church the complicated, many