Ephesians 1:13-14 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, there was some point at which you heard God’s Word, felt His prompting, and responded. This might not be an exact moment that you can pinpoint on a calendar, but the fact that there was a period of time over which this process was occurring is certain. God was working in you and you responded to His call. You became part of His family. And He sealed you.
Much like the seal of royalty in times of old, a wax emblem placed on a document so it could only be opened by the rightful recipient, God has placed His seal on us with His Holy Spirit until the right time for our inheritance. No one can snatch us from the Father’s hand (John 10:29). He has guaranteed our inheritance as His sons and daughters.
Likewise, in the same way the seal of royalty showed the king’s approval of the document (his endorsement), God has stamped His endorsement on us from the time that we believed on Christ for our salvation. Rest assured. If you are a believer, you belong to the Lord and He belongs to You.
Ephesians 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace
If someone asked you what it means that we have redemption in Christ through His blood, how would you answer? Dating back to the Old Testament, the understanding of a redeemer was one who ransomed someone else, freed them from slavery or captivity. God was the Redeemer of Israel when He led them out of captivity in Egypt.
You and I have been redeemed too. When we accepted Christ we were freed from the slavery and bondage of sin. We’re no longer guilty. Christ’s finished work of atonement on the cross through His shed blood ransomed us from sin and we are no longer under its control.
Sometimes we still sin, but it’s not because we’re under the bondage of sin. We’ve been redeemed, we’re bought and paid for with a price. We belong to Christ. His blood paid our ransom.
Ephesians 1:5-6 In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
God predestined us for adoption. He chose, before the world even began, to make us sons and daughters. So often we see family terminology used in the Bible to describe our relationship with God. He is our Father, we are heirs, adopted sons. We can’t choose our own family members, but God can and did choose His. If you’re in Christ, God chose you. You are His and He is yours. And He chose you with a purpose.
God’s will is that we would bring Him glory. His main purpose is not merely our redemption but that His holy name would be praised through our redemption. He wants to pour out His goodness and grace on us in Jesus Christ for His glory.
There is nothing quite like the knowledge that you’ve been chosen by God Almighty to be part of His family to carry out His purpose. But what are you going to do with that knowledge? What will you do with that feeling you get from it? He’s equipped you, so what are you doing to act on this fact?
Ephesians 1:4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.
What am I here for? What is this life all about? The longer we live, the more we seek meaning in life, the more we may be caught asking these questions. So did God create us with some intent? Did He make each of us with our own purpose? Yes and yes.
Even before time began, when all that existed was God, He thought of you. The Creator chose you in Christ (that is, He chose you to belong to Him as His child) before He even made the earth where you would reside. He made you to be uniquely you, with special talents and abilities – and purpose.
Our purpose on this earth is not to succeed financially and become rich, nor is it to make a name for ourselves and become famous (James 2:5). God made us to be holy and blameless before Him (1 Thessalonians 4:7). But how can we achieve this holiness? We can’t be good enough to meet God’s standards.
The Lord planned all along that those He chose would be made holy “in Christ” (Colossians 1:22). We are sanctified and redeemed by the Son of God, and He always intended it this way. Those who are chosen in the Son of God become sons and heirs of God (Galatians 4:7).
I Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
Many and varied are the ways that man tries to get closer to God. New religions spring up all the time, each seeking to find the right way to become whole. Hundreds of self-help books are shelved at each book store, none quite adequately fulfilling our quest. None quite bringing us into that place where we stand in right relationship with our Creator.
It’s sad that we spend so much time searching when the answer our souls seek has already been given. We don’t attain enlightenment by searching within ourselves. We don’t achieve entrance into heaven through doing enough good deeds. There is one way to God and He is Christ Jesus. He is our Savior, our King, our friend. From Him and through Him and to Him are all things (Romans 11:36) and not one thing was created that was not created by Him (John 1:3). He is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15) and only He qualifies to mediate between God and man (John 14:6).We can try to fix ourselves, try to gain knowledge, or try to work our way to righteousness, but in the end it’s all in vain. Only Christ can save us. Only He can set us free (John 8:32).
John 8:31-32 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
The Bible, God’s Holy Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path (Psalm 119:105). It’s breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). The Word is from God to man; His will, His plan, His love, all contained between those two covers. It is not merely words on pages.
The Gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believers (Romans 1:16). It is living and active, sharper than any two edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit (Hebrews 4:12). Within the Scriptures are the words of life. Apart from God and His Word, there is no life.
Jesus said if we abide in His Word we are truly His disciples. By it we will know the truth and the truth shall set us free (John 8:31-32). Apart from God there is no truth, for He is truth. There is no greater way to know the will of God than to know His Word.
God’s Word stands alone. It is divinely inspired, containing no error. All of the self-help books in the world could never compare to the Book that tells us we can’t help ourselves and offers hope to all mankind.