Ephesians: While the opening of his letter may be brief, the blessing is not (it continues through verse 14). “In love, He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ.” (v. 5) Most of the time we get tripped up over the word “predestined” i.e., to decide beforehand, to elect, to foreknow. This is not unlike Israel which was “chosen” as God’s people. As the grafted- in ones, we are “elected” in Christ.
Gospel: Matthew 22:41-46
New Testament: Ephesians 1:1-10
Old Testament: Leviticus 26:27-42