Archive for October 2009

Divine Acceptance

October 29, 2009

To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He has made us accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6).

One of the most amazing truths made known to the believer is his relationship with the Lord. It is often difficult to grasp that position and how we got there. There is nothing in us to warrant favor with God. Man has nothing inherent with which to satisfy God, or to earn any merit of righteousness.

What we must then consider is the relationship between the Son and the Father. God tells us that He is well pleased with His Son.

And lo a voice from heaven, saying, “This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17).

While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, “This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased; hear Him” (Matthew 17:5).

Acceptance Does Not Originate from Ourselves

… He has made us accepted …

We were totally unworthy and had to be made acceptable before God. This was accomplished by being,

made the righteousness of God in Him … (II Corinthians 5:21).

Acceptance Is Brought About by Grace

To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He has made us accepted …

Acceptance Is in the Person of Jesus Christ

… accepted in the Beloved

Acceptance Is the Action of God

He has made us accepted …

We are the ones accepted. God is doing the accepting. How often we have heard the question, “Have you accepted Christ?” Is this a proper question? Is it scriptural? We do not accept Him. It is God Who has done the accepting.

We are not asked to accept Him, but rather to rejoice in our acceptance in Him. God does not need us to accept (favor, approve, etc.) His Son. He has accepted the Son. We have our acceptance before God in our union with the Son – thus our acceptance before the Father – “IN HIM.” Truly, we are the ones who were in need of acceptance.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook #13
© 1992, 2009 Bible Student’s Press

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