By Pam Watson
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”
It is God’s good pleasure is to make us accepted in the Beloved and to remove all sense of guilt and blame from our lives. Acceptance is something that Papa God freely gives us, yet sadly many of us live without the sense of the approval and delight that belongs to the children of God.
Man’s way is to come to God through merit: to earn the right to stand before God through performance and effort. This does not work. Our righteousness is as filthy rags before a holy, infinite, incomparable God (Isaiah 64:6).
Praise God, He has provided a new and living way though the blood of His Son. The pure, sinless, spotless life of Jesus was poured out for us so that every sin is removed and we can stand without blame before our Creator and God.
This is what Father God longs for. This was He plan from before the world was made – that we would be adopted as His children and accepted in the Beloved. His acceptance is our acceptance. His righteousness is our righteousness.
Because we are accepted in the Beloved, our acceptance cannot be lost. So often we live as though we have become unacceptable to God because our thoughts are not pure or our actions are sinful. Christ died for us while we were yet sinners so He will not abandon us now that we are saved. He is well acquainted with sin because He bore it all on the cross. He is not afraid of sin nor does He withdraw when our thoughts and actions are sinful.
God is so much greater than our sin, our weakness and our failings. He does not hide from us when we sin, but rather calls us to come near. Even under the Old Covenant, the Lord declares,
“Come let us reason together, though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow.” (Isaiah 1:18)
How much more under a new and better covenant does our Papa God call for us to come near and talk to Him, even in the face of temptation, guilt, fear and doubt. Hebrews 4:16 tells us to boldly approach God’s throne of grace. As His children, we can therefore draw near to our Heavenly Father with confidence because we are accepted in the Beloved.