Baker & Cook. Grace and Election.
There was a steady stream of people coming in for a baguette but most of the bread had been sold out by early evening. They’re open from 7am to 10pm every day, so we’ll probably have to get there in the morning to grab the bread.
However, if the bready pizza base is anything to go by, this bakery might possibly be as good as its boast.
The apricot tart was well-made too – frangipane not cloyingly sweet nor soaked in almond flavouring nor too damp, tart shell not delicate but crisp.
Towards closing time, they started handing out complimentary pastries/cake slices to certain people. I wasn’t selected, and as I was struggling with Ephesians 1, I realised that just as it wasn’t my place to demand a free taster, neither was it my place to demand salvation.
Most people want to know what God will do for them if they deigned to believe in him. Some want to know what they can do to earn salvation or be part of God’s people. But the Bible scoffs at any pretense of contributing to one’s salvation, and really, would anyone be so foolish and shameless to demand to know what the baker would reward them with if they condescended to take a slice of carrot cake?
Already, Ephesians 1 shows that we do nothing under our own steam:
- in Christ, God has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing;
- in him, God chose us to be holy and blameless in his sight;
- through Jesus Christ, he predestined us to be adopted as his sons;
- in the One he loves, he has freely given us glorious grace;
- in him…through his blood, we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, all wisdom and understanding;
- in Christ, he has made known the mystery of his will;
- God brings all things in heaven and earth together under one head, Christ;
- in him, we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of God who works all things in conformity to his will;
- in Christ, we who were first to hope might be for praise of his glory;
- in Christ, you were also included when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of salvation;
- in him, you were marked with a seal, the Holy Spirit;
- the Holy Spirit guarantees inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possessions.
Ultimately, we don’t choose God while he bites his nails in heaven, anxiously awaiting daily updates from earth. Rather he chooses his people just as he chose to make a covenant with Abraham. Even our repentance (2 Timothy 2:25) and faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) come from God, so we cannot even boast that we have done anything to deserve to be treated decently by God – which makes our salvation and new status as God’s people so very precious, and makes plain the enormous grace (undeserved favour) of God.