Holy and ... before Him in Love
A Sermon on Ephesians 1:4
even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love (ESV)
Why are Christains elected to salvation? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explores this doctrine showing that we are chosen by God to be holy. Echoing the Apostle John, Paul says the purpose of God in Christ for his people is to undo, remove and rectify completely the effects of sin and the fall. By making us holy and without blame before Him, Christ destroys the work of the devil. The ability to be in the presence of God and communion with Him is our goal as Christians. In Christ, the believer has a new love and affection for God! Salvation is nothing less than a new relationship with God whereby we can stand before Him in His presence. If this is the end for which God has chosen us, evangelism then, must be concerned with preaching holiness. Holiness is not an addition to be added after someone is “saved.” Because we have been chosen, God will make us holy.