Ephesians 1:11
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New International Version
In 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,

New Living Translation
Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.

English Standard Version
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,

Berean Study Bible
In Him we were also chosen as God's own, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything by the counsel of His will,

Berean Literal Bible
in Him, in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of the One working all things according to the counsel of His will

New American Standard Bible
also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,

King James Bible
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We have also received an inheritance in Him, predestined according to the purpose of the One who works out everything in agreement with the decision of His will,

International Standard Version
In the Messiah we were also chosen when we were predestined according to the purpose of the one who does everything that he wills to do,

NET Bible
In Christ we too have been claimed as God's own possession, since we were predestined according to the one purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will

New Heart English Bible
in whom also we were assigned an inheritance, having been foreordained according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his will;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And we are chosen by him as he had before ordained us and willed to do all according to the counsel of his will,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God also decided ahead of time to choose us through Christ according to his plan, which makes everything work the way he intends.

New American Standard 1977
also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,

Jubilee Bible 2000
in him in whom likewise we have obtained an inheritance, having had the way marked out beforehand according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will,

King James 2000 Bible
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will:

American King James Version
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will:

American Standard Version
in whom also we were made a heritage, having been foreordained according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his will;

Douay-Rheims Bible
In whom we also are called by lot, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things according to the counsel of his will.

Darby Bible Translation
in whom we have also obtained an inheritance, being marked out beforehand according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his own will,

English Revised Version
in whom also we were made a heritage, having been foreordained according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his will;

Webster's Bible Translation
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Weymouth New Testament
In Him we Jews have been made heirs, having been chosen beforehand in accordance with the intention of Him whose might carries out in everything the design of His own will,

World English Bible
in whom also we were assigned an inheritance, having been foreordained according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his will;

Young's Literal Translation
in whom also we did obtain an inheritance, being foreordained according to the purpose of Him who the all things is working according to the counsel of His will,
Study Bible
Spiritual Blessings
10as a plan for the fullness of time, to bring all things in heaven and on earth together in Christ. 11In Him we were also chosen as God’s own, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything by the counsel of His will, 12in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, would be for the praise of His glory.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:20
"But the LORD has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, from Egypt, to be a people for His own possession, as today.

Job 33:29
"Behold, God does all these oftentimes with men,

Isaiah 25:1
O LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; For You have worked wonders, Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.

Acts 13:48
When the Gentiles heard this, they rejoiced and glorified the word of the Lord, and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.

Romans 8:28
And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:29
For those God foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers.

Romans 8:30
And those He predestined He also called, those He called He also justified, those He justified He also glorified.

Romans 9:11
Yet before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad, in order that God's plan of election might stand,

Ephesians 1:5
He predestined us for adoption as His sons through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will,

Ephesians 1:9
And He has made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ
Treasury of Scripture

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will:

we.

Ephesians 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the …

Psalm 37:18 The LORD knows the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

Acts 20:32 And now, brothers, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, …

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and …

Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; …

Galatians 3:18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but …

Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks to the Father, which has made us meet to be partakers …

Colossians 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: …

Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according …

James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this …

1 Peter 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not …

1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise …

being. See on ver.

Ephesians 1:5 Having predestinated us to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ …

according.

Isaiah 46:10,11 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the …

the purpose. See on ver.

Ephesians 1:9 Having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his …

the counsel. See on ver.

Ephesians 1:8 Wherein he has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

Job 12:13 With him is wisdom and strength, he has counsel and understanding.

Proverbs 8:14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.

Isaiah 5:19 That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see …

Isaiah 28:29 This also comes forth from the LORD of hosts, which is wonderful …

Isaiah 40:13,14 Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counselor has …

Jeremiah 23:18 For who has stood in the counsel of the LORD, and has perceived and …

Jeremiah 32:19 Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for your eyes are open on all …

Zechariah 6:13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the …

Acts 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge …

Acts 4:28 For to do whatever your hand and your counsel determined before to be done.

Acts 20:27 For I have not shunned to declare to you all the counsel of God.

Romans 11:34 For who has known the mind of the Lord? or who has been his counselor?

Hebrews 6:17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show to the heirs of promise …

(2 c.) Ephesians 1:11-14 form the third part of the Introduction, applying the general truth of election by God's predestination in Christ, first to the original believers (the Jews), and then to the subsequent believers (the Gentiles).

Verse 11. - Even in him - in whom we wore also made his inheritance. This is the literal rendering of ἐκληρώθημεν, and it is more expressive than the A.V., "In whom also we have obtained an inheritance." God taking us for his own heritage involves more than our getting an inheritance from God (see Deuteronomy 4:20, "The Lord hath taken you... to be unto him a people of inheritance"). It is implied that God will protect, care for, improve, and enjoy his own inheritance; he will be much with them and do all that is necessary for them. Formerly God's inheritance was Israel only; but now it is much wider. All that God was to Israel of old he will be to his Church now. Having been predestinated according to the purpose. The reason why the reference to predestination is repeated is to show that this new privilege of the whole Church as God's inheritance is not a fortuitous benefit, but the result of God's deliberate and eternal foreordination; it rests therefore on an immovable foundation. Of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his will. Predestination is not an exception to God's usual way of working; he works, or works out (ἐνεργοῦτος) all things on the same principle, according to the decision to which his will comes. When we think of the sovereign will of God as determining all things, and in particular determining who are to be his heritage, we must remember how differently constituted the will of an infinitely holy Being is from that of frail and fallen creatures. The fallen creature's will is often whimsical, the result of some freak or fancy; often, too, it is the outcome of pride, avarice, sensual affection, or some other evil feeling; but God's will is the expression of his infinite perfections, and must always be infinitely holy, wise, and good. Willfulness in man is utterly different from willfulness in God; but the recoil we often have from the doctrine of God's doing all things from his mere bene placitum, or according to the counsel of his own will, arises from a tendency to ascribe to his will the caprice which is true only of our own. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance,.... Or a part and lot; that is, have obtained one in Christ, in his person, and in his fulness of grace, in the blessings and promises which are in him; or have obtained to be the Lord's clergy, or heritage, to be his portion and inheritance; or rather to have an inheritance in him by lot, meaning the incorruptible and eternal inheritance of glory and happiness in heaven; to which elect men are chosen in Christ, and are begotten to a lively hope of through his resurrection from the dead; and which his righteousness gives a right unto, and his grace a meetness for; and which is now in his hands, and will be given to them through him: and this is said to be obtained by lot, as the word signifies, in allusion to the land of Canaan, which was divided by lot to the children of Israel; and to show that it is not by works of righteousness done by men, but by the sovereign disposal of God; and that everyone shall have his share, and that certainly; for this is not designed to represent it as a casual, or contingent thing. The Alexandrian copy reads, "in whom also we are called"; and so the Vulgate Latin version, "in whom also we are called by lot"; and the Syriac version, "in him", or "by him we are chosen", which agrees with the next clause:

being predestinated according to the purpose of him, who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: predestination is not only to sonship, but to an inheritance; it not only secures the grace of adoption, but prepares and provides an heavenly portion: and this act of predestination proceeds according to a purpose; according to a purpose of God, which can never be frustrated; and according to the purpose of "that God", as one of Stephens's copies reads, that is the author of all things but sin; of the works of creation and of providence, and of grace and salvation; and who works all these according to his will, just as he pleases, and according to the counsel of it, in a wise and prudent manner, in the best way that can be devised; for he is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working; wherefore his counsel always stands, and he does all his pleasure: and hence the inheritance which the saints obtain in Christ, and are predestinated to, is sure and certain. 11. In whom—by virtue of union to whom.

obtained an inheritance—literally, "We were made to have an inheritance" [Wahl]. Compare Eph 1:18, "His inheritance in the saints": as His inheritance is there said to be in them, so theirs is here said to be in Him (Ac 26:18). However, Eph 1:12, "That we should BE TO … His glory" (not "that we should have"), favors the translation of Bengel, Ellicott, and others, "We were made an inheritance." So the literal Israel (De 4:20; 9:29; 32:9). "Also" does not mean "we also," nor as English Version, "in whom also"; but, besides His having "made known to us His will," we were also "made His inheritance," or "we have also obtained an inheritance."

predestinated—(Eph 1:5). The foreordination of Israel, as the elect nation, answers to that of the spiritual Israelites, believers, to an eternal inheritance, which is the thing meant here. The "we" here and in Eph 1:12, means Jewish believers (whence the reference to the election of Israel nationally arises), as contrasted with "you" (Eph 1:13) Gentile believers.

purpose—repeated from "purposed" (Eph 1:9; Eph 3:11). The Church existed in the mind of God eternally, before it existed in creation.

counsel of his … will—(Eph 1:5), "the good pleasure of His will." Not arbitrary caprice, but infinite wisdom ("counsel") joined with sovereign will. Compare his address to the same Ephesians in Ac 20:27, "All the counsel of God" (Isa 28:29). Alike in the natural and spiritual creations, God is not an agent constrained by necessity. "Wheresoever counsel is, there is election, or else it is vain; where a will, there must be freedom, or else it is weak" [Pearson].1:9-14 Blessings were made known to believers, by the Lord's showing to them the mystery of his sovereign will, and the method of redemption and salvation. But these must have been for ever hidden from us, if God had not made them known by his written word, preached gospel, and Spirit of truth. Christ united the two differing parties, God and man, in his own person, and satisfied for that wrong which caused the separation. He wrought, by his Spirit, those graces of faith and love, whereby we are made one with God, and among ourselves. He dispenses all his blessings, according to his good pleasure. His Divine teaching led whom he pleased to see the glory of those truths, which others were left to blaspheme. What a gracious promise that is, which secures the gift of the Holy Ghost to those who ask him! The sanctifying and comforting influences of the Holy Spirit seal believers as the children of God, and heirs of heaven. These are the first-fruits of holy happiness. For this we were made, and for this we were redeemed; this is the great design of God in all that he has done for us; let all be ascribed unto the praise of his glory.
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