I had a thread seven years ago on this subject which was closed. I will start with a portion from Ephesians 1:3-14 (1972 edition) Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ for giving us through Christ every spiritual benefit as citizens of heaven! For consisder what he has done --before the foundation of the world he chose us to be,in Christ,his children,holy and blameless in his sight. He planned,in his love,that we should be adopted as his own children through Jesus Christ --this was his will and pleasure that we might praise that glorious generosity of his which he granted to us in his Beloved. It is through him, at the cost of his own blood,that we are redeemed,freely forgiven through that free and generous grace which has overflowed into our lives and given us wisdom and insight. For God has allowed us to know the secret of his plan,and it is this: he purposed long ago in his sovereign will that all human history should be consummated in Christ,that everything that exists in Heaven or earth should find its perfection and fulfilment in him. In Christ we have been given an inheritance,since we were destined for this,by the One who works out all his purposes according to the design of his own will. So that we,in due time, as the first to put our hope in Christ,may bring praise to his glory1 And you too trusted in him,when you had heard the message of truth,the gospel of your salvation. And after you gave your confidence to him you were,so to speak,stampted with the promised Holy Spirit as a pledge of our inheritance,until the day when God completes the redemption of what is his own;and that will again be to the praise of his glory.