WE are the chief beneficiaries when it comes to fellowship between man and God. I love the quote by AW Pink on the solitary eternal existence of the God of the Bible. For eons and eons before "the beginning" God was God in all of His glory and Divine splendor. Although solitary, He was not lacking anything in the perfection of His tri-une existence. When He created time, space and matter, with all of the wonders of the spiritual and material worlds of creation, it really added nothing to Him for He is God and cannot be added to or taken from lest He be found mutable and hence not God. So, why did He create? This same question is often also asked about His elective grace in saving sinners. Why would He save an undeserving sinner and pass over another? The only answer that seems appropriate to both of these questions is that which is found in a phrase in Ephesians chapter one. It has to do with the sovereign good pleasure of His will and His eternal purpose.
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:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
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