‘According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:’
One striking thing in Ephesians 1 is found in its verse 4. It says that God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world. Now, this refers to the plan, and not the individuals.
God’s salvation plan had always been Christ. This verse shows us that righteousness by faith in Jesus is not a new idea. In the Old Covenant, no one was ever justified by obeying what the Law said, as seen in Romans 3:20:
“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”
The saints of old (such as Abraham, David, Noah) were, even then, declared righteous by believing in Christ and what he would do. God never designed man to stand before Him based on man’s own personal merit.
Ephesians 1:4 is proof that God before we were created, determined that holiness and blamelessness would only be found in Christ. Grace is not a new dispensation, it has always been the plan!