Worthy Walk Series - Week 3 (Ephesians 1:11-14)
Text: Ephesians 1:11-14 (NKJV)
“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.”
Intro: There are those who work all their life hoping that when they retire they have a nest egg to retire on. They hope they have enough money to pay their bills and live comfortably. We can all be guilty of focusing too much on the material and not enough on the Master’s plan that He has willed. Paul is instructing or maybe reminding the Christian that we have an inheritance that fadeth not away.
1. God has Given us an INHERITANCE: vs. 11-13
When is the last time you were given a gift of any significance? Sure we get gifts all the time and there much appreciated. But what about a gift that keeps on giving, that never ends. God has given us an inheritance. The inheritance or heritage was predestinated, that is, foreordained. God works all things out after the counsel of His own will. He must, for only God knows what is best. And nothing could be better than to be given the greatest inheritance possible: that of being made the very heritage of God, the very possession of God.
“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.” Ephesians 1:5-6 NLT
The word "predestination" means to destine or appoint before, to foreordain, to predetermine. The basic Greek word means to mark off or to set off the boundaries of something. The idea is a glorious picture of what God is doing for the believer. The boundary is marked and set off for the believer: the boundary of being adopted as a child of God. The believer shall be adopted, made just like Christ and conformed to His very likeness and image. Nothing can stop God's purpose for the believer. It is predestinated, set and marked off. And were told: “For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved." Romans 10:13
The inheritance is clearly stated in the words "that we should be," that is, that we should exist eternally. God gives the believer an eternal state of being—an eternal existence. In fact, the word "inheritance" means heritage. Throughout the Old Testament it seems all the Israelites continually tried to do was reach the promise land, and in the process they kept falling short, and God kept forgiving them and the cycle has gone on to this day.
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9
The reason God makes us His inheritance is that we should exist to the praise of His glory. We shall live forever in the new heavens and earth as the perfect demonstration of His glory. The fact that God would take sinners—totally depraved sinners—and save them will cause praise upon praise to be heaped upon His name. His unbelievable love will be seen and glorified forever and ever by all creatures—both of heaven and of earth, both visible and invisible, both now and yet to be. All shall stand in stark amazement at God's spectacular glory—the glory of His eternal grace and love shown to the world in His dear Son, Jesus Christ.
How does a person receive the inheritance? “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.” By hearing the Word of God, a person has to hear the Word of God before they can ever know the truth, the glorious gospel of salvation. You cannot believe in Jesus Christ unless you first hear about Christ. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
Once you hear it, you must believe it and if you: “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10
- You must hear it, believe it and trust it!
2. God has Sealed us With the HOLY SPIRIT vs. 14
“Who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”
How often have you bought something and the manufacture states it is guaranteed to work or your money back? God has sealed us with the Holy Spirit and it is guaranteed! “Who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” 2 Corinthians 1:22
God has sealed us with the Holy Spirit. The KJV uses the word earnest; “given the earnest of the Spirit.” The word "earnest" means pledge, guarantee, a down payment. The Holy Spirit is given to the believer to give the believer perfect assurance of their salvation. We know that we are redeemed—that we are God's cherished possession—by the Holy Spirit who lives within us. Why does God give us such a glorious guarantee as His own wonderful presence? That His glory might be praised eternally.
Conclusion: “God Has Given & Sealed Us!”
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
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