“To the praise of the glory of HIS grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved”
There is nothing more opposed to each other, than the Scripture sense of acceptation, as it relates to the Lord, and as it relates to man. To accept any man’s person is the sinful act of a sinful man. And to accept a poor sinner in Christ, is the gracious act of a gracious God. And those different views of acceptation very fully explain the meaning of the apostle, in his sermon before Cornelius and his household.
“Of a truth I perceive, (said Peter) that God is no respecter of persons.”
God hath no respect to the person of any, but as they are in Christ.
It is to Jesus, that the Lord hath respect. And, therefore, “in every nation, he that feareth Him and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Jesus.” (Acts 10:34-35)
By Robert Hawker