Ephesians 1:4
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New International Version
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love

King James Bible
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Darby Bible Translation
according as he has chosen us in him before [the] world's foundation, that we should be holy and blameless before him in love;

World English Bible
even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and without blemish before him in love;

Young's Literal Translation
according as He did choose us in him before the foundation of the world, for our being holy and unblemished before Him, in love,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

According as he hath chosen us in him - As he has decreed from the beginning of the world, and has kept in view from the commencement of the religious system of the Jews, (which the phrase sometimes means), to bring us Gentiles to the knowledge of this glorious state of salvation by Christ Jesus. The Jews considered themselves an elect or chosen people, and wished to monopolize the whole of the Divine love and beneficence. The apostle here shows that God had the Gentiles as much in the contemplation of his mercy and goodness as he had the Jews; and the blessings of the Gospel, now so freely dispensed to them, were the proof that God had thus chosen them, and that his end in giving them the Gospel was the same which he had in view by giving the law to the Jews, viz. that they might be holy and without blame before him. And as his object was the same in respect to them both, they should consider that, as he loved them, so they should love one another: God having provided for each the same blessings, they should therefore be ἁγιους, holy - fully separated from earth and sin, and consecrated to God and αμωμους, without blame - having no spot nor imperfection, their inward holiness agreeing with their outward consecration. The words are a metaphor taken from the perfect and immaculate sacrifices which the law required the people to bring to the altar of God. But as love is the fulfilling of the law, and love the fountain whence their salvation flowed, therefore love must fill their hearts towards God and each other, and love must be the motive and end of all their words and works.

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as.

Deuteronomy 7:6,7 For you are an holy people to the LORD your God: the LORD your God has chosen you to be a special people to himself...

Psalm 135:4 For the LORD has chosen Jacob to himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.

Isaiah 41:8,9 But you, Israel, are my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend...

Isaiah 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; my elect, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit on him...

Isaiah 65:8-10 Thus said the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one said, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it...

Matthew 11:25,26 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth...

Matthew 24:22,24 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened...

Matthew 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds...

John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold...

Acts 13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord...

Acts 18:10 For I am with you, and no man shall set on you to hurt you: for I have much people in this city.

Romans 8:28,30,33 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose...

Romans 9:23,24 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had before prepared to glory...

Romans 11:5,6 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace...

2 Thessalonians 2:13,14 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved of the Lord...

2 Timothy 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory...

Titus 1:1,2 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect...

James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith...

1 Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit...

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people...

before.

Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed of my Father...

John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom you have given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which you have given me...

Acts 15:18 Known to God are all his works from the beginning of the world.

1 Peter 1:20 Who truly was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him...

Revelation 17:8 The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition...

that.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.

Luke 1:74,75 That he would grant to us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear...

John 15:16 You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit...

Romans 8:28,29 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose...

Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering;

1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God has not called us to uncleanness, but to holiness.

2 Timothy 1:9 Who has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace...

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows them that are his. And...

Titus 2:11,12 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men...

2 Peter 1:5-10 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge...

without.

Ephesians 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing...

1 Corinthians 1:8 Who shall also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:15 That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the middle of a crooked and perverse nation...

Colossians 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and blameless and unreproveable in his sight:

2 Peter 3:14 Why, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

love.

Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

Ephesians 4:2,15,16 With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love...

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us...

Galatians 5:6,13,22 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which works by love...

Colossians 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and to all riches of the full assurance of understanding...

1 Thessalonians 3:12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:

1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God has to us. God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him.

Library
The True Christian Life
TEXT: "My beloved is mine, and I am his."--Sol. Song 2:16. "I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine."--Sol. Song 6:3. "I am my beloved's and his desire is toward me."--Sol. Song 7:10. These three texts should be read together, and the significant change found in each text as the thought unfolds should be studied carefully. They remind one of three mountain peaks one rising higher than the other until the third is lifted into the very heavens. Indeed, if one should live in the spirit of this
J. Wilbur Chapman—And Judas Iscariot

The Hope of the Calling
'That ye may know what is the hope of His calling.'--Eph. i. 18. A man's prayers for others are a very fair thermometer of his own religious condition. What he asks for them will largely indicate what he thinks best for himself; and how he asks it will show the firmness of his own faith and the fervour of his own feeling. There is nothing colder than the intercession of a cold Christian; and, on the other hand, in no part of the fervid Apostle Paul's writings do his words come more winged and fast,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture Ephesians, Peter,John

A Sight of the Crowned Christ
(Revelation, Chapter i.) "Since mine eyes were fixed on Jesus, I've lost sight of all beside, So enchained my spirit's vision, Looking at the Crucified." "The Lord Christ passed my humble cot: I knew him, yet I knew him not; But as I oft had done before, I hurried through my narrow door To touch His garment's hem. "He drew me to a place apart From curious crowd and noisy mart; And as I sat there at His feet I caught the thrill of His heart-beat Beyond His garment's hem. "Rare was the bread He broke
by S. D. Gordon—Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation

Redemption through Blood, the Gracious Forgiveness of Sins
READ THE CHAPTER, and carefully note how the apostle goes to the back of everything, and commences with those primeval blessings which were ours before time began. He dwells on the divine love of old, and the predestination which came out of it; and all that blessed purpose of making us holy and without blame before him in love, which was comprehended in the covenant of grace. It does us good to get back to these antiquities--to these eternal things. You shake off something of the dust of time, as
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 37: 1891

Cross References
Leviticus 19:2
"Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: 'Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.

Leviticus 20:7
"'Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the LORD your God.

2 Samuel 22:24
I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin.

Matthew 25:34
"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

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

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 4:2
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

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