“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 continues to examine the work of God the Spirit in our salvation experience……
(Eph 1:14) Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Which is the earnest of our inheritance
The “Holy Spirit of Promise” which sealed us (vs 13), is also a down payment on our future inheritance from the Lord. This same idea is brought to mind when we consider that the Spirit is described as the “firstfruits” of our inheritance. (Romans 8:22-25)
During our salvation experience, the Holy Spirit is given to indwell us (Romans 8:9-11). This indwelling Spirit is:
1. proof of our adoption into the family of God and
2. a guarantee of our future receipt of the promised inheritance of God
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together.” (Romans 8:14-17)
until the redemption of the purchased possession,
The indwelling Spirit will continue with us until we receive our inheritance. The event that will initiate our reception of our eternal inheritance will be the receipt of a glorified body.
When Christ died on the cross for our sins, we became His purchased possession… body, soul, and spirit. As such, it is only reasonable that we should serve Him as a “living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1-2) The redemption of our body will not be complete until our body is glorified and removed from the presence of sin. This is why our glorification is described as “the redemption of the purchased possession”
“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only [they], but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, [to wit], the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, [then] do we with patience wait for [it].” (Romans 8:22-25)
unto the praise of his glory.
The Holy Spirit has intervened in our lives and brought us to Christ so that He might be glorified and honored.
We have seen several different aspects of the Spirit’s gracious intervention in our lives resulting in us coming to Christ…
1. He brought us to Christ
2. He created in us repentance and faith
3. He secured us eternally
4. He indwells us
5. He gives us assurance of our adoption in the family of God
6. He gives us assurance of the coming receipt of our eternal inheritance.
What a gracious Lord who has done great things 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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