Dearly Beloved

Good morning beloved of God.  God said that Jesus Christ was His beloved Son when John baptized him and the spirit descended and abode upon him; and God said it again on the mountain where he saw the vision of Moses and Elijah appearing to him in glory. This was his installation as Israel's permanent high priest.

We are also called the "beloved of God" in Romans 1:7, and the "beloved of the Lord" in II Thessalonians 2:13.

The word "beloved" is used with the force of the passive perfect. We stand as beloved before our Father and our Lord. "Beloved" is a term of affectionate endearment. According to God's revelation to us, both the Lord Jesus Christ and we are beloved by the Father before we ever did anything.

We are beloved because we are in Christ, and by God's grace we are His beloved children.

The only reason for this was "the good pleasure of His will". It was the Father's idea, His will, and He purposed it after His own counsel.

Ephesians 4:32 says, "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as GOD in Christ hath forgiven you". Do you see the comparison? We are to be kind, tenderhearted, and forgive one He does in Christ!

It will take our Father the ages to come to completely demonstrate the exceeding riches of His grace in kindness to us in Christ.

Our Father's will is only good towards us. His great love, rich mercy, and the exceeding riches of His grace fill His heart for us. We are His dearly beloved. We are surrounded by His grace because we are in His Beloved, Christ Jesus our Lord.

Our Father blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ. Why? It was "the good pleasure of His will" and it was "according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of His own will". Nobody twisted His arm. We were not only beloved when He first decided to bless us in Christ, we will always be His dearly beloved children.

Beloved, now we are the Sons of God and it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he shall appear we will be like him; for we shall see him as He is!

God called us - His beloved - "to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ". Everything He did, He did to this end.

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought to love one another and do the things that please Him. He is the One that decided to save us, to offer us sonship, to freely give us His spirit, to forgive us, to heal us, to prosper us, to make us righteous, blameless, and holy before Him.  He dearly loves us.

These ideas were His, not ours. It was all the good pleasure of His will to bless us in Christ with these things, as well as with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies; and He decided to do every whit of this according to His own purpose that He purposed in Himself, by His own counsel according to the good pleasure of His will.

It is easy to read right over the words, "Dearly beloved", and not even think about them, but fully comprehending the revelation and our Father's love for us may take us the whole of the ages to come.

Living a life of thankfulness and living to please Him would be a good response to all He so freely did for us in Christ, dearly beloved.