predestined to be
to the praise of His glory
chosen in Him
from the start of the story
marked with the Spirit
to be His possession
lavished with love
that never will lessen
by the mystery of His will

though dead in transgressions
an object of wrath
sinful by nature
and darkness
my path
yet God
rich in mercy
filled with great love
expressing His kindness
with grace from above
raised me to heavenly realms

made holy
and blameless
with all blessing
riches of wisdom
gifting possessing
His by adoption
a child to embrace
made heir of the promise
to the praise of His grace . . .

and why He redeemed me
and set me apart
i dare not ask why
but trust His great heart­—
and kneel in worship and praise

                           ~JD Collier

(based on Ephesians 1 and 2)

Eph 1:3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.

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