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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
1:4 As he hath chosen us - Both Jews and gentiles, whom he foreknew as believing in Christ, #1Pet 1:2|.
Eph 1:4 According as. "Even as", in the Revised Version. Chosen us in him before the foundation of the world. This does not affirm that God chose some individuals and rejected others, but that before the world was, before there was Jew or Gentile, God chose to have a people for himself, the whole church of Christ, a covenant people confined to no one earthly race. That we should be holy. God chose them that they might be holy. Holiness is the proof that a church is a chosen church.
Benjamin Oguchi's comment on 2013-10-14 22:33:26:
In the beginning God wanted to have MAN to himself but sin brought separation that is why HE send his son( predestination) both Jews and gentiles GOD loves every body and wants all to know but it has to be his own way and not the way man thinks (There is a way that seem right unto man but the end is death)JESUS CHRIST is the way.
Mother Mary's comment on 2013-09-23 09:54:58:
Ephesians 1:4 "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." Christians understand that we can't be a holy people without the indwelling presence of the Holy Ghost nor can we be a loving people without God's Spirit because it's He who sheds His love abroad within our hearts (Romans 5:5). God chose to have a holy people for the good pleaure of His will. The Godhead determined before the foundation of the world that the people of God would be holy and without blame before Him in love to show forth His grace to the world. The criteria for being His chosen is "To Have Faith In His word" according to John 1:14. Only believers will be partakers of the Son-ship (Philippians 2:15)(Matthew 5:10). The plan for salvation was also established before the foundation of the world that whosoever repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to make them into the image and likeness of Christ and endure unto death in His truth and righteousness, shall be partakers of the heavenly calling and receive adoption as the Sons of God. Ephesians 1:4 is most effective when we incorporate verses 5-14. (I have a book coming soon please subscribe).
Motumi's comment on 2012-09-13 15:12:26:
God made us for a reason which is to show his love.
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