Daily Devotional from Eagles' Wings
Today: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Accepted in the Beloved
He hath made us accepted in the beloved.
Paul knew what it was to be rejected by men. Even in Ephesus after a very fruitful ministry, the townspeople wanted to be rid of him (Acts 19:23-41). Yet Paul could face mans rejection knowing that the God who created him now also accepted him. To a world in which multitudes are labouring to obtain a favourable position before God, Paul boldly declares that he is accepted. The word accepted has the idea of one whom God has highly favoured (Luke 1:28). Indeed, the word comes from the same Greek root as the word for grace. Our acceptance is not based on our merit, but is freely bestowed by God. What a range of spiritual and emotional problems this glorious truth deals with! While the worlds psychologists vainly seek to bolster the ego of fallen men with talk of self-worth and self-esteem, the gospel points us to Gods acceptance of us in Christ. If we have His favour, why should we ever fear the wrath or hatred of men or devils?
Notice that it is God Himself who makes us accepted. There is no room for human error, for our Father who is perfect (Matt. 5:48) guarantees our standing. Thus we have assurance that the work is complete. Our acceptance is not something we are still longing and waiting for: He hath made us accepted. Let us then by faith rejoice that the work has already been completed.
The question is, how could a holy God ever accept a vile, wretched sinner? The answer is found in the Beloved. We are united to the One whom God loved before the foundation of the world (John 17:24) and whom He called His beloved Son (Matt. 3:17; 17:5). The beloved Son has atoned for all our sins (Heb. 1:3) and provided for us His perfect righteousness (Phil. 3:9). Yea, we are now complete in him (Col. 2:10). Keeping this great truth of acceptance before us, we, like Paul, can face a hostile world with confidence.
We are hateful in ourselves as sinners, but accepted in Christ as sons.
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