“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”
The Gracious Works Of The Trinity In Salvation: Ephesians 1:3-14
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
We now begin the first section of Paul’s explanation of the gracious works of the Lord in our lives. In this section, he looks at the individual workings of the three persons of the Godhead in salvation. This section can be broken up into three basic parts:
1. The work of the God the Father vs 3-6
2. The work of the God the Son vs 7-12
3. The work of the God the Spirit vs 13-14
In this morning’s devotional, Paul now turns our attention to the work of God the Spirit in our salvation experience……
(Eph 1:13) In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Our initial salvation experience is now described in detail…
In whom ye also trusted,
The previous verse (vs 12) ended with “who first trusted in Christ.” This same trust in Christ is now being mentioned again to begin our look at the Spirit’s work in our salvation. Why? Coming to faith in Christ is a result of the Holy Spirit’s workings in our lives:
1. Drawing us to Christ (John 6:44-45)
2. Revealing to us God’s Word (1 Corinthians 2:10)
3. Convicting us of our sin (John 16:7-14)
4. Giving us spiritual life (John 6:63-64)
5. Giving us faith in Christ (John 6:29)
It is only through the grace of God, using the intervention of the Spirit in our lives, that we can come to a saving trust in Christ… “… Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.” (John 6:65)
after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation:
The faith we placed in Christ was the result of our hearing the truth of God’s Word… “So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
Specifically, the truth we must hear for salvation is the gospel (good news of Christ and His work on our behalf).
Above and beyond His role in our trusting in Christ, think of the role of the Spirit in bringing the gospel to us…
1. He laid it on the heart of someone to bring the gospel to us – (Luke 4:17-20)
2. He prepared our heart to receive and understand the truth – (1 John 2:27)
3. He granted us repentance to submit to the truth – (Ezek 36:26-27)
in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Finally, following our salvation experience we were made secure in Christ, never to lose our salvation.
Our salvation being made certain is described by the phrase “sealed with that holy Spirit”. The ideas behind the meaning of the term “sealed” include: “to stamp”, or “to set a seal upon”. In those days, a king would set his seal upon a document for two reasons:
1. to prove the document’s origin and ownership – His seal upon the document proved that it had come from his hand and he authorized its contents.
2. to keep the document secure until it was delivered to the addressee – Documents were rolled up and then sealed closed, the seal would have to be broken for the document to be read (Rev 5:1-4). This insured the security of the documents contents.
Folks, an integral part of our salvation experience involves being sealed by the Holy Spirit. This is God’s way of proving that the new believer is One of His chosen people and that the new believer is now eternally secure in Him…
“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption (glorification of our bodies).” (Ephesians 4:30) see also 2 Corinthians 1:20-22
As we think about the awesome work of the Spirit in bringing us to Christ, working repentance and faith within us, and securing us eternally… let us all praise and honor our Lord, who has graciously performed all of these wondrous works on our behalf.
May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!
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