Ephesians 1:11-12. “In Whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him Who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will: That we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ.”
Paul is speaking here as a Jew, one of those who, as a nation, have an inheritance because they were predistinated–marked out beforehand–according to God’s purpose. The Gentile nations now have the choice to share in that inheritance, not through Mosaic Law but through salvation by grace through faith.
God chose us out long before the world began. Remember, time is of no interest to God. His past, present, and future are all the same.
This inheritance and predestination will be fulfilled at the second coming of Jesus Christ. Sometimes, it is so easy for us to lose hope. The world grows darker and darker as nations, including America, turn their backs on God and godliness. But there is that blessed hope, that sure promise of the return of Jesus Christ.
So many things await that wonderful day: The Church’s fulfilment;every saved individual’s blessing; the redemption of our bodies; the conversion of Israel, and the full redemption of all the Gentile nations. It is then that all in heaven and earth will be united under the headship of Jesus Christ.