4 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:
This verse clearly shows that salvation through Jesus Christ was not Plan B. It was always God’s intention. Before the world was created God already knew what He was going to do. It’s incredible to think that even before time began we were in His thoughts. It boggles the mind!
The Greek word “chosen” has certain connotations that aren’t so obvious in English. First of all it implies a choosing for oneself with the additional notion of kindness and love. What’s more, it refers to an appointment for a task or purpose. Paul then goes on the say what that task is. The word “holy” basically means “separated”, as in separated from sin and set apart for God.
If I may try to summarize, Paul is showing us how God had an incredible plan, which was from before time began. In love and kindness He found a way to set apart for Himself a people who would be devoted to Him and enjoy His presence.
I find it amazing that God created us knowing that we would rebel. I don’t know about you, but I would have had second thoughts. He came up with the perfect plan.