3 February 2021 – Ephesians 1:13-14 (NIV)

3 February 2021 – Ephesians 1:13-14 (NIV)

Scripture

13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

Reflection

Benson’s commentary describes this passage as “Both a pledge and a foretaste; of our inheritance, in heaven, until the redemption of the purchased possession — Till the church, which he has purchased with his own blood, shall be fully delivered from all sin and sorrow, and advanced to everlasting glory.” The seal of the Holy Spirit very clearly marks our declaration of Jesus as Lord of our lives presently and then further acts as a deposit within our lives that helps us toward holiness and refining our beings into more Christ-likeness (this process is called sanctification). Benson goes on further to say, “When this sealing of the Spirit is enjoyed in the most perfect manner, it seems to imply, 1st, A full impression of the image of God on a man’s soul; 2nd, A full assurance of his receiving all the promises, whether relating to time or eternity.” That is to say, we can have assurance of our standing as children of God being made in His image. And we need not wait to experience glimpses of eternity now because we have the Spirit of God within and upon us.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage
  • How will you respond/apply God’s Word today?
  • Whom will you share with today’s passage or takeaway?

Prayer

Pray for specific people you know; neighbors, friends or those you see when you walk. Or, pray for opportunities to get to know your neighbors better.

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Joshua Xiong is the Worship Director at Shanghai Community Fellowship (SCF) and a graduate of Greenville University. He and his wife, Mai Kao, have three daughters and live in Shanghai, China.