The Master Plan: Ephesians 1:3-10

God has chosen a people for himself to redeem and to be with him forever. If you are a true believer in Christ, then there is a back story and a future story to your salvation that it is very important for you to understand. There are those very discouraging moments in the Christian life that later you will look back on and realize that if it had been up to you to hold on to God, you would have let go, maybe even did for a time, but it was God who was holding onto you, never letting you go. Paul is going to pull back the curtain for a minute and show us just a bit of the Master Plan of God when it comes to your salvation. The Election and Predestination of The Father Will Deepen Your Understanding of God’s Loving Master Plan.

3 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, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love. 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.
— Ephesians 1:3-5

 f you can soak this in for a moment you will be so blessed! God had you on his mind and heart before he made the world! Just let that sink in for a moment! And Jesus knew your name when he was dying for you on the cross! Wow.  Listen the the Westminster Confession of Faith chapter 3, sections 1 and 5:

1. God, from all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely, and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass: yet so, as thereby neither is God the author of sin, nor is violence offered to the will of the creatures; nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established.

5. Those of mankind that are predestinated unto life, God, before the foundation of the world was laid, according to his eternal and immutable purpose, and the secret counsel and good pleasure of his will, hath chosen, in Christ, unto everlasting glory, out of his mere free grace and love, without any foresight of faith, or good works, or perseverance in either of them, or any other thing in the creature, as conditions, or causes moving him thereunto; and all to the praise of his glorious grace.
— WCF Chapter 3, Sections 1 and 5

Listen to Martin Luther on the matter:

I frankly confess that, for myself, even if it could be, I should not want “free-will” to be given me, nor anything to be left in my own hands to enable me to endeavour after salvation; not merely because in face of so many dangers, and adversities and assaults of devils, I could not stand my ground ; but because even were there no dangers. I should still be forced to labour with no guarantee of success.¦ But now that God has taken my salvation out of the control of my own will, and put it under the control of His, and promised to save me, not according to my working or running, but according to His own grace and mercy, I have the comfortable certainty that He is faithful and will not lie to me, and that He is also great and powerful, so that no devils or opposition can break Him or pluck me from Him. Furthermore, I have the comfortable certainty that I please God, not by reason of the merit of my works, but by reason of His merciful favour promised to me; so that, if I work too little, or badly, He does not impute it to me, but with fatherly compassion pardons me and makes me better. This is the glorying of all the saints in their God.”
— Martin Luther, The Bondage of the Will (Grand Rapids: Revell, 1957), 313-314.

Here is the basic conundrum: when you think about God’s sovereign will and man’s will you realize that only one of those can be ultimate! You are 100% correct. It is God’s will that trumps yours, and you had better thank him that it does!

his doctrine gives us great comfort as believers but it also pounds like sledgehammer on the pride of man, just like you are arguing with someone who believes in works based salvation, and they get mad and say "what do you mean I can't earn my salvation, you are calling me a sinner?"  But this is a necessary though hard thing.  Pride destroyed, confidence in Christ increased!

In Prayer Today:

Praise God for his Predestination and Election of you as believers in love!