"To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved." (Ephesians 1:6)
This sense of freedom had grown, has become increasingly overwhelming for me in the last week. I could not ignore it. I began to realize how much God loved me. Daddy God loves me, because of what His Only Begotten Son had done for me, and what His Son continues to do for me!
This love is just so much for me, I can hardly take it in, and there's still so much to take in!
"The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee." (Jeremiah 31:3)
This verse comes from the Old Testament, under the sacrifices of bulls and goats. Notice that the "Lord has appeared" here.
But John writes something far more intimate:
"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." (John 1:17)
This is a love that has been in place since the beginning:
"According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:" (Ephesians 1:4)
God had His eye's on us from the outset. Before time began, He loved us!
Folks, we need to understand this! This matters so much. I submit to all of you who read this, that understanding, receiving a deeper revelation of how much God loves you is maturity in Christ. To be a real, grownup Christian, you need to know how much God loves you! It's not about how much you love Him, because we can only give what we have received.
"6To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved." (Ephesians 1:6)
We are accepted in Christ Jesus, yes indeed. More importantly, however, we are accepted in "The Beloved."
What does it mean to be in Christ? So much, and that includes to be "In Love". God is in love with us, and we are in His Love!