Ephesians 1:4–even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.
Ephesians 1:5–he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
Ephesians 1:11–In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,
I have always wondered how we could be lost unless we were not at some point, found. If we lose our phone, we first had it in our back pocket.
From these three scriptures we get a glimpse into eternity in the past, before the foundation of the world. He chose and predestined us before the Garden of Eden. In other words, He knew each of us before the creation of the world. It is very difficult for our minds to comprehend a time before creation. This is where we were first known by God and thus, found. Jeremiah was known by God before he was born.
Jeremiah 1:5–“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
At some point in our lives we enter the kingdom of darkness and become enslaved to sin. If we are serving sin, we are living under the dominion of Satan. We become lost in this darkness. We cannot see when it is dark. We are lost sheep. Even still, we are His because He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, but we are lost in the kingdom of darkness following our sin nature. When we cannot see, we do not realize we are lost.
2 Corinthians 4:4–In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
We are lost and blinded in this kingdom of darkness. Where is our hope? How do we escape this darkness? There is only one way. He came to find the lost.
Luke 19:10–For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
Luke 15:4–“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?
Only He can open our eyes to see that we are living in darkness and there is light nearby.
Acts 26:18–to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’
Colossians 1:13–He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
We were His sheep because He foreknew us, He predestined us to adoption as His children. He comes looking for each of His sheep and shines His light into our minds and hearts, so we see that we are living in darkness and serving sin. He reveals His cross as a way out of this kingdom of darkness. When we trust in Him and His death for us, our sin nature dies, and He gives us a new life, a new creation.
Romans 8:29–For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
Instead of lost and found a more accurate description is: found, and lost, then found.
The prodigal son was found, and lost, then found. God so loved the world that He gave His son to save us from the kingdom of darkness.
Hebrews 2:9–But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
We thank you, Lord that You knew each of us before we were born. We thank You for sending Your Son to rescue us from the kingdom of darkness. We thank You for your grace in letting your Son taste death for all of us and for finding us, for opening our eyes to see Your light. Thank You for bringing us home, Abba.