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Thanks to God for His Sovereign Grace and Mercy.

Thanks to God for His Sovereign Grace and Mercy.

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BY REV. CHARLES SIMEON, M. A.



Eph. i. 3 — 12. Blessed he the God and Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessiiigs
in heavenly places i)i Christ : according as he hath chosen
us in him before the foundation of the tvorld, that ive should
be hohj and without blame before him in love : having pre-
destinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ
to himself, according to the good pleasure of his ivill, to the
praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us
accepted in the beloved.
BY REV. CHARLES SIMEON, M. A.



Eph. i. 3 — 12. Blessed he the God and Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessiiigs
in heavenly places i)i Christ : according as he hath chosen
us in him before the foundation of the tvorld, that ive should
be hohj and without blame before him in love : having pre-
destinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ
to himself, according to the good pleasure of his ivill, to the
praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us
accepted in the beloved.

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THAKS TO GOD FOR HIS SOVEREIG GRACE AD MERCY.BY REV. CHARLES SIMEO, M. A.Eph. i. 3 — 12. Blessed he the God and Father of our LordJesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessiiigsin heavenly places i)i Christ : according as he hath chosenus in him before the foundation of the tvorld, that ive shouldbe hohj and without blame before him in love : having pre-destinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christto himself, according to the good pleasure of his ivill, to thepraise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made usaccepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemptionthrough his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to theriches of his grace ; wherein he hath abounded toioard usin all ivisdom and prudence ; having made hiown zmto us themystery of his will, according to his good pleasure whichhe hath purposed in himself : that i?i the dispensation of thefulness of times he anight gather together i?i one all things inChrist, both lohic.h are in heaven, and ivhich are on earth ;even in him : in ivhom also we have obtained an inheritance,being predestinated according to the purpose of him ivhoworketh all things after the counsel of his own tvill : thatwe should be to the praise of his glory, zvho first trustedin Christ.I our progress through the Holy Scriptures, weare necessitated to investigate, in its turn, every doc-trine of our holy religion. There are indeed somedoctrines which appear to be almost wholly pro-scribed : but we do not conceive ourselves at libertyto pass over any part of the sacred records as im-proper for discussion, provided we enter into it with266 EPHESIAS, 1. 3—12. [2092.
 
the humility and modesty that become us. It isundeniable that the Apostles mention occasionally,and without the smallest appearance of hesitation,the doctrines of predestination and election : andtherefore we are bound to explore the meaning of the inspired writers in reference to these passages, aswell as to any others. We are aware that great diffi-culties attend the explanation of these doctrines ;(though certainly not greater than attend the denialof them :) and we are aware also, that they areopen to abuse : but there is no doctrine which hasnot its difficulties ; nor any which has not beenabused : and, that we may not be supposed to enter-tain an undue partiality for these obnoxious tenets,or to wish to establish them on inadequate grounds,we have selected a large portion of Scripture whichcannot easily be perverted ; and which is indeed soplain, that it speaks for itself. We shall be carefulalso to bring them forward precisely in the way inwhich they are declared by the Apostles themselves,that is, not in a speculative and controversial way,but in a practical manner, as incentives to holy gra-titude and obedience.St. Paul, under a deep sense of the mercies vouch-safed to himself and to the whole Church at Ephesus,breaks forth into the devoutest acknowledgments tothat God from whom they had flowed, and to whomall possible thanks and praise were due.In considering his words, we shall shew,I. What are those blessings which we have receivedfrom our God — " He hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings" — [The Ephesian Church, though chiefly composed of Gen-tiles, consisted in part of Jews also *. And, though it is pos-sible there might be some hypocrites there, as well as in otherChurches, St. Paul does not stop to make distinctions of thatkind, but speaks of them all in the judgment of charity, as real
 
a Acts xviii. 19, 20, 24, 28. with ver. 11, 12, 13. of our text,where the distinction is made between " tve" Jews " who first trustedin Christ," and " ^e" Gentiles who believed afterwards. See alsoGal. ii. 16—18.2092.] THAKS FOR GOd's GRACE AD MERCY. 267Christians, and partakers of all the blessings which by theirprofession they were supposed to possess. As believers, theyhad been blessed with " spiritual blessings in heavenly things'^,"widely different from those which were possessed by any " na-tural man," and from those which the earthly and carnal Jewsexpected their Messiali to bestow. Of these, some of theprincipal are here enumerated.God has adopted us into his family — dealt with us as chil-dren — and given to us the inheritance of children.Once the believer was " afar off" from God, being an " alienfrom the commonwealth of Israel, a stranger from the cove-nants of promise, having no hope, and without God in theworld :" but by an act of rich mercy and grace he has beenadopted by God, and made to stand in the relation to him of a child to a father. Though he neither has any thing, norever can have any thing, that can recommend him to God, yet" is he accepted" to the Divine favour, having all his pastiniquities " forgiven," and his soul washed from all its stains,in " the Redeemer's blood." Being thus brought into thenearest relation to God, he is treated, " not as a servant, whoknows not what his lord doeth ; but as a son," who may fitlybe made acquainted with all his Father's will. To him is thatstupendous mystery made known, that, in the time appointedof the Father, the whole intelligent creation of men and angels,who were once of one family, but were separated by the fall of man, shall be brought once more under the same Head, theLord Jesus Christ, who at first created them, and to whomoriginally they paid all due allegiance. As to men, thereshould be no difference between them in this respect : the

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