Paul speaks to believers regarding three aspects of God's plan for their lives. The first is ADOPTION, which covers future redemption - they were waiting to receive new bodies, inheritance and the right to reign at the return of Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:23; Gal. 4:5-7). God selected (chose) believers to be holy and blameless, predestinating them to receive sonship (adoption as sons) in Christ. The second aspect is ACQUITTAL, which is past redemption - the forgiveness of sins, where believers are delivered through His blood. God directed His plan to the summing up of all things in Christ - He alone will be the head. The third aspect is ANCESTRY, which describes future redemption - God's design predestined believers to be to the praise of His glory. Once these sinners had decided to take in the message of truth and place their trust in Christ alone, they were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise - a pledge toward their inheritance in the family of God.
Accurately teaching God's Word verse by verse for the purpose of equipping believers, Jack G. Ebner has served as pastor-teacher at Cascade Bible Church since 1990. Jack and his wife, Bev, have six children and two grandchildren.