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The Praise of God’s Glory – Ephesians 1:12

In Proverbs 17:6 we are told, “Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.”There is a reciprocal glory when fathers bless their children and children bless their fathers.This is of course a proverb, which means that it does not depict a universal reality, but is meant to portray the way things ought to be and the way God designed them to be.God made fathers and children so that they would bless each other.It is not always the case. But when you have a godly father who brings up his children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and you have children who respect and honor their father, both the father and the child reap the benefits.A crown is placed on the head of the father and glory is given to the children.
And I want to emphasize that it must go both ways.Today on Father’s Day, there are many homes where the children’s hearts are sad because their father never really demonstrated to them that he loved them.Perhaps work was more im…

The Counsel of God's Will – Ephesians 1:11

In verse 5, the apostle says that God the Father “predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.”  Now, in verse 11, the apostle says almost the same thing.  Here, he says that in Christ “we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the council of his own will.”   These verses are linked by the twin ideas of God’s family and God’s purpose.  In verse 5, the apostle praises God that he has predestined us to become sons and daughters of God.  But now that we are in his family, we have a glorious inheritance from our Father.  Thus verse 11.And underneath our acceptance into the family of God and our inheritance in the family of God is God’s good purpose in predestining us to these wonderful gifts.
However, Paul is not being redundant here.  Verse 5 answers the question, “How did I get to become a child of God?”  The ultimate answer lies in God.  We ar…