He chose us in him before
the creation of the world.
John tells us that Jesus was with God in the beginning and had his hand in creation: “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”
Paul tells what happened before creation: “He chose us in him before the creation of the world.”
In Eph. 1 Paul spells out what happened in the past—he chose us (v. 4); what happens in the present—he adopts us (v. 5); and what will happen in the future—he guarantees our eternal inheritance through redemption and forgiveness (vv. 7, 13-14).
Before time. In time. Beyond time.
From eternity past to eternity future God has mapped your destiny. Join Paul in “praise of his glorious grace.”
You make some bad choices.
God doesn’t. And he chose you.