“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us” (1 John 4:10). God does it all, and we allow Him. Before we were conceived in sin, God placed us in Him, holy and without blame (Ephesians 1:4). How could God the Father see us that way? It was because Jesus Christ was a Lamb before the foundation of the world. Before we were born, on the basis of foreknowledge, He knew we would accept Him. Therefore He looked at us from the eternal reward record and could impute righteousness to us before we were born. The Lord said to Jeremiah that “before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet” ( Jeremiah 1:5). That was said by the Lord because of foreknowledge of Jeremiah’s decision.
There was a Lamb before the foundation so we could be a revelation in the foundation. Jesus Christ went to the Cross through the power of the eternal Spirit and was crucified mentally and emotionally long before the crucifixion of Golgotha. He represented a living Cross. Just as we reckon ourselves dead after we go to the Cross, Jesus Christ reckoned Himself dead before the Cross.
Jacob was blessed based on what someone did for his crookedness. It is not that Jacob loved God, but it is what the Lamb did for Jacob before the foundation (Numbers 23:20-21). Even though we are not without sin (1 John 1:8), we are without blame because He was blemished with our blame before the foundation.