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To The Praise Of His Glory

So far in chapter one of Ephesians, Paul has discussed the past and the present.

He wrote how in the past, God chose us before the foundation of the world.  Then, he discusses how now, in the present, we have redemption through Christ’s blood.

Now, Paul moves into the future.

In verse 11, Paul begins discussing our inheritance.  “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance”.  We might think that what God has done in the past and what we currently have in Him is enough.  That would be because we don’t think like God.  He has more in store for us and chooses to let us in on it.  What benefit does that have for us?  As we move closer to that inheritance, the anticipation grows.

When did we obtain this inheritance?  Paul can’t stray far from his original choice of words. Previously he had said that we were “predestined to adoption as sons.”  Now we “having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will.”  We who are in Christ have been predestined according to His purpose.  All things that come into our life are worked out according to His will .

What is the goal of being predestined according to His purpose?  First of all, it is our salvation. “To the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.”  Salvation is the goal of God’s predestination of us to adoption  and His purpose.  But there is a goal even greater than that.  Ultimately, it is to the praise of His glory.  What we have to change our mindset to is that everything is about God’s glory.

What is wonderful is that God locks us into this inheritance. “In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise.”  After hearing the gospel, putting our faith in it and believing, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit.  Jesus said that He would send another Helper to us, and he does that, locking us into the gift of salvation given to us.

But wait, there’s more.

The Holy Spirit does more than just seal our salvation.  “Who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”  He is also a down payment on our of our inheritance.  You might even call him and engagement ring for the Bride of Christ.  He is a promise to what life with Christ will be live.  He is a view to the redemption of God’s own possession.  What is our response to this?

Praise and the glory of God.

God gives us an inheritance and then does much more.  He seals this inheritance by giving us an irrevocable pledge in the Holy Spirit.  He does this for His own sake, to the praise of His glory.  What a God we have.

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