Ordinarily in the writings of Paul at the very beginning of each letter he inserts a prayer for those to whom he is writing. However, in the letter to the Ephesians he does not do so. That prayer does not occur until the 15th verse. There is obviously such an important theme to be discussed that the prayer will wait until later. But what is that theme.
It is first of all the blessings of God, “all spiritual blessings the in heavenly places in Christ.” It was for these blessings that we have been chosen. And as a consequence of having been chosen then “we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.” Obviously it was in love that God determined “before the foundation of the world” that obedient believers should be adopted into his family as His sons. It is as if God decreed before He ever built the world that those who accepted Jesus as the Savior of the world in full obedience to His will would be God’s chosen people and should receive the adoption as His children.
Please remember God does not predestine individuals but classes. He does not choose you and you and you, without any action on your part. He determined ahead of time that whosoever obeys His will will be saved and whosoever disobeys His will will be lost.
The adoption of sons is an interesting reference... Paul uses it several times, in Romans 8:15, 23; In Galatians 4:5 and then in Ephesians 1:5 as we have noted. As sinful as we have been, it would be a favor to us if God just let us scrub floors in Heaven. But God in love honors us by adopting us as His children.. what more could he do for us?
Think about this in another way. This is a twofold adoption. We by obedience to the Gospel of Christ are born again, John 3:5, New children, 1 Peter 2:1.... New creatures, 2 Corinthians 5:17. We are born into God’s family. But as if that was not enough we area also adopted by God as His children, and “if children then heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.” Romans 8:17.
To think that God chose all who would humbly obey Him as His children is a fabulous thought.
Romans 8:15, 23
1 Peter 2:1, 2 Corinthians 5:17