‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!… He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world…. In Whom (Christ) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace!’ Ephesians 1:3-7.
Calvin comments: “‘Blessed be God!’ He (Paul) extols sublimely the grace of God…, to set them all aflame…. Our blessing of God, is the praise when we declare His goodness… Paul therefore blesses God with a confession of praise, because He has blessed us…; has enriched us with all blessing or grace….
“‘He chose us (in Him before the foundation of the world).’ Here, he (Paul) declares that God’s eternal election is the foundation and first cause both of our calling and of all the benefits which we receive from God…. He chose us, before the world was!… He adds, ‘in Christ’…. If we are chosen in Christ, it is outside ourselves!…. The name of Christ excludes all merit, and everything which men have of themselves!…
“‘(He has chosen us in Him,) that we should be holy!’… The design of building, is that there should be a house…. But the convenience of dwelling in it, is the ultimate aim…. The glory of God is the highest end, to which our sanctification is subordinate….
“Holiness, innocence and every virtue in men are the fruit of election…. Paul expressly puts aside every consideration of merit…. He means that all our holiness and innocence of life, flow from the election of God…. The cause certainly does not follow the effect!… Election does not depend on the righteousness of works, of which Paul here declares that it is the cause… Election gives no occasion to licentiousness…. Paul tells them plainly that it is wicked to separate holiness of life from the grace of election…. Election shuts their mouth, so that they…cannot claim anything for themselves…. ‘(He has) predestinated us…according to the good pleasure of His will!’…
“The material cause…of eternal election…, is ‘Christ’…. By Him, the love of God is poured out to us…. Every man therefore who hides this glory, is endeavouring to overturn the everlasting purpose of God…. “‘In Whom (Christ) we have redemption (through His blood)!’… He explains how we are reconciled to God through Christ, in that by His death He has appeased the Father towards us…. We ought always to direct our minds to the blood of Christ, if we are seeking grace in Him!… He says that by the blood of Christ we obtain redemption…. We are accepted by God and freed from the bonds of the devil and death!”
Calvin also says in his Institutes III:22:1 & 24:5: “If they (our enemies) are bent on depriving God of the free right of electing and reprobating — let them at the same time take away what has been given to Christ!… Paul declares…we were chosen in Christ before…the world!… Those whom God has adopted…, (were) elected not in themselves but in Christ (Ephesians 1:4)!”
In Christ, we are redeemed through His blood! Is this what you too believe?