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Summary: This is a sermon showing what God’s desire is for us.

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Introduction: I want to start out today by taking a poll. All this takes is a simple show

of hands. The question is this: How many of us have some idea as to what takes

place when someone adopts a pet from the humane society? You first have to go

and select the animal, and then you must adopt the animal before taking it home.

Once you get the animal home you begin to train your new pet. The next thing

you do is go out and buy a nametag to show that you own this animal. Well,

much like this process, the Bible tells us that God goes through all these steps with

believers. The reason is simple: GOD WANTS US TO BE HIS!!

I am going to be preaching today from the book of Ephesians, which is in the New Testament.

It is located right after the book of Galatians and right before the book

of Philippians. I am focusing on the 1st chapter. Verses 3 through 14. I will

be reading the scripture today from the New International Version, so if you

happen to have a different version, your words may differ slightly.

3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the

heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4For he chose us in him before

the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love

5he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with

his pleasure and will-- 6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given

us in the One he loves. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the

forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8that he lavished

on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9And he made known to us the mystery of his

will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10to be put into

effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment--to bring all things in

heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.

11In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him

who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12in order that

we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13And

you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your

salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,

14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession--to the praise of his glory.

As we read through this passage one of the first things we notice is that in verse 4 God

chose us to be His. This must mean that we are pretty special to God if He chose

us. Let’s think about what this verse really says. Of course we see that it says that God chose us, but more importantly than that is when He chose us. He didn’t choose us when we were in our mother’s womb, but before the creation of the world. This says a lot about how truly important we are to the creator of this world, to be chosen before He creates anything.

Now, there is a controversy over this verse. There are some who say that


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