Lesson for the Lord’s Day

To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:6

Our friend Bobby had invited us to his birthday party; he told us that when we arrived, to tell the man at the door that we were his friends, and were to be granted admission. But the man at the door was anything but welcoming. He refused to even talk with us, and ordered us to leave. Disappointed, we turned to go, but stopped when we heard a familiar shout. It was Bobby, and he was going to escort us inside. ‘They’re with me,’ he told the doorman, and the doorman smiled and waved us inside. As long as we were with Bobby, we were welcome. Being with the Lord Jesus is something like that, except that being with Him means far more than admission to Heaven.

Admission to Heaven is, of course, one of the first things we think of when we consider being accepted in the Beloved. Those pearly gates that will forever bar everything and everyone with a trace of sin will forever welcome us, because the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanseth us from all sin. Whatever doorkeeper might be at the entrance to Heaven will welcome us gladly, because we will enter in the presence of the Lord Jesus Himself. That wondrous place that recognizes Him as its very reason for existence will accept us because He has accepted us. Our eternity is secure in His acceptance.

There are good reasons why the Assembly does not automatically admit strangers to participate in the Breaking of Bread. Just as Heaven cannot admit those who have not been accepted in the Beloved, so the Assembly cannot admit those who we don’t know have been accepted in the Beloved. Once proof of the recognition of His lordship is established, admission can be arranged. But those of us who have entered into the Assembly fellowship can appreciate that it is the Lord Himself Who has admitted us. In His Assembly, we enter into the good of our salvation, including the opportunity and right to worship and serve our Lord in the place where He is pleased to have placed His Name.

Everyone who is saved, including those not yet baptized or accepted into Assembly fellowship, can enter into the glorious relationship of being accepted in the Beloved. We can appreciate that we have been delivered from the penalty of our sins. We can appreciate that the Holy Spirit now lives within and seeks to guide us into conformity with the image of the Son. We can appreciate the Word of God, that volume that was hidden from our understanding until our eyes beheld the Lamb of God. We can appreciate all the wonderful blessings that come from being possessers of eternal life.

No eternity can be long enough to unfold the riches of the grace of Him Who has accepted us. – Jim MacIntosh

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