EPHESIANS 1:11-14 TO THE PRAISE OF HIS GLORY

5Sep

Ephesians 1:11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. 13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

 The whole section from verse 1-14 tells us everything He does is to the praise of His glory.  We see in this section today how to be saved.  You hear, you trust in the Gospel and having believed you are sealed with the Holy Spirit until the day He comes back to get us.  There are 5 great things that come with being Sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.  The sealing work of the Spirit is mentioned 2 other places in the Scripture, 2Corinthians 1:22 and Ephesians 4:30

1.    A seal on a legal document means it is a finished contract or transaction

You know what the seal means? We are not in the process of getting saved. When you put your faith in Jesus Christ God gave you the Holy Spirit and said - That is a finished transaction.

2.    It means security and protection.. We are secure in Christ - Hebrews 6:19

3.  Authenticity… It’ real, we are a genuine child of God - Ro 8:9

When God gives us His Holy Spirit He is saying this is an authentic child of the King. The only authentic Christian is the one who possesses the Holy Spirit, who’s sealed with a mark of authenticity. 

4. Ownership…He owns us - 1Co 6:19-20

5.  Authority and power - Read the the eighth chapter of Esther. Esther wanted the king to settle a certain issue. So she said, Okay, you make the edict, king, and you sign it with your seal and we'll carry it out. And so they're walking around with this letter from the king. And it's a sign of authority. Esther 3:8-15,

We have His authority and power in our lives over sin, suffering, and temptation.  The Authority to preach the Gospel and go in His name since He has sent us Mt. 28:20

In essence, the “deposit” of the Holy Spirit is a little bit of heaven in believers’ lives with a guarantee of much more yet to come.

Who is The guarantee of our inheritance – The Holy Spirit – This means He will never leave us or forsake us Hebrews 13:5

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