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
made blameless
with all blessing
an heir by adoption
nothing can hinder
or thwart His embrace
beloved by the Master
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

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.
Rom 8:29-30, 39
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. . . For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


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