To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (Eph. 1:6 KJV)
If you want to understand God’s grace, then grasp the revelation of this remarkable phrase “accepted in the Beloved”. We will briefly examine the keyword “accepted”, its usage in Ephesians 1:6 and the only other verse in scripture it occurs (Luke 1:28).
The KJV translators use the English word “accepted” to translate the Greek word charitoo.
Regrettably, accepted is not the most suitable English word to translate the rich Greek word charitoo, especially in this verse given its broad range of meanings. However, accepted as a “favorable response” is closest to Paul’s intent in this verse.
The meaning of charitoo in this verse is more readily seen in most modern English translations. Charitoo is a verb, and it means to lavishly bestow favor, grant it profusely, or give it with extravagance. There are two underlying ideas: giving and abundance. Charitoo is not merely giving or showing favor; it is giving the favor freely, in abundance, with extravagance. So, in Christ, God has lavished favor on us.
The only other verse in scripture that uses the verb charitoo is Luke 1:28. In this verse, the angel announced to an astonished Mary “Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women”. Therefore, God “charitooed” Mary—highly favored her. Furthermore, note what that favor was. God did not merely have good thoughts or feelings towards Mary: He chose her to be His earthly mother. All generations, as the Angel said, have called Mary blessed.
The Father has “charitooed” you in Christ. He has lavished divine favor, evidenced in the things He had done for us. You stand on a platform of unusual favor before God.
What is the meaning of charitoo? How is God’s favor evidenced in your place in Christ?
Apply the Word
Understand and believe what you have just read. Remember this: Grace is received by faith.
Thank the Father for the extravagant favor in Christ.
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