Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
Reflect and Pray:
Paul shares with the church at Ephesus that it is their destiny to be a part of the family of God through the gift of Jesus Christ. It is God’s desire that each of us be loved and live out that love as exemplified in the life of Christ.
Destiny: the hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future; fate. How does the knowledge of the power of God in your life enable you to face the future?