Who Accepted Who


Elder John (Pat) Young - Editor

A good question concerning acceptance of persons by God. Since God is no respecter of persons, we first, must understand how we, in our natural existence, “are by nature the children of wrath” and not acceptable before God. So, we must concluded that we must be made to be acceptable, or worthy to be accepted else we could not be fit to stand acceptable before Him.

So, how could a Holy, Just, Sovereign, Pure and Eternal God, find any person upon the Earth, in their natural estate of ruin in trespasses and sin, be found to be acceptable to stand before Him in love?

The simple answer is, there would be none acceptable as such. Nor, would any person who is lost in sin, ruined and without hope in God, who would be acceptable to God, but still by nature, a child of wrath? Not knowing who God is, or having a desire to accept Him;

Would it not be hopeless, for one in such a condition without even the desire to be accepted of God? Well friends, this is what we would have been faced with if it were not for the infinite, wisdom, love, and mercy of God. We were all lost, and ruined, as those being alone in the desert and crying for bread, with no one to help or care. But God, who is rich in mercy and grace, placed us in the cleft of His Rock, and covered us there in the safety of His own hand, to be secure in Him when He passes by, and revealing in us the finished work of His Holy Son who made us His own forever. Which, has made us “accepted in His beloved Son!” Eph. 1:6

Ephesians 2:1-5 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: among who also we all had or conversations in times past in the lusts our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh, and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, Who is rich in mercy, for His great love, wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved:).

Note: Please read Ephesians ch. 1, to see our identity and why we were accepted in the beloved, and have redemption in Him through His blood, as our forgiveness of sin and how Paul's Epistle is addressed to the faithful in Christ, who are already found to be saints, and acceptable in their beloved Lord, as members of the Church of Christ at Ephesus; also how we, as the saints of God, are looking not, at what we need to do to be accepted to God; but how God has already made us acceptable to Himself, by the shed blood and perfect obedience of His Son, in His finished work on the cross.

Perfect reconciliation to God the Father, by the perfect, acceptable, and complete work of Christ, we stand accepted before God without debt or blemish in His Sight. We can say it is so, only because we love God, but such would not so; we could not even have known that God is God, but by the cause of His great love, and that He first loved us, and gave His Son for us. See 1John 5:10

God knew us, His children in Christ, before the world began, and saved us with an holy calling in Christ: Not because there was anything we could claim to be acceptable in ourselves, but that God knew One who was acceptable to stand before Him for us, even Him who by the offering of himself without spot to God, and hath made us accepted in our Lord Jesus Christ. “By Grace ye are saved!!!