As Christians, we belong to God. The moment we trusted in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection for our salvation, we were forever redeemed, or bought back from sin and death, by His blood. Because of His amazing love and grace, the Father chose to forgive all of our sins by accepting the one time sacrifice of His only Son in our stead. This glorious truth of Jesus taking our place to buy our souls back from hell was foreshadowed throughout the Old Testament, but now it has been fulfilled and revealed to us in the New Testament. All the angels in heaven rejoice with us over our redemption and join with us in giving all of the glory to God through Jesus Christ. In His great wisdom, God has guaranteed us a home with Him in heaven in forever. The down payment for that home is the Holy Spirit, who came to live in us the instant we first believed in Jesus. The Spirit will never leave us. His presence and work in our lives is the “seal” or sign of God’s certain promise that we now belong to Him forever. When God looks at us, when He looks at you, He sees the righteousness of His Son Jesus and the mark of His Holy Spirit and says, “Bought and paid for – mine for all eternity!” Do you struggle to accept that all this could be true? Read about these promises below and believe what God says!
The Text (Ephesians 1:7-14)
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. 11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
Questions to Think About
1. Do you ever struggle to believe that God has forgiven you of all your sins through Christ? Take your doubts to God in prayer and memorize verses like Ephesians 1:7 and Romans 8:1 (“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”) to quote whenever fear assaults you. God gave us such Bible verses because He knew that when our sin-weakened hearts tried to condemn us, we would need the power of His Word to give us certain hope and confidence in our salvation.
2. What evidences of the Holy Spirit’s work have you seen in your life since you accepted Christ?
3. How can knowing that God’s Spirit will never leave you help you in your daily walk with the Lord?
• The “mystery of His will” that Paul discusses in verse 9 is probably talking about the spiritual blessings described in the rest of this passage. We don’t totally understand everything about God’s final plan of redemption for Christians and the world through Christ. However, enough of the gospel has been revealed for us to be saved and then understand the meaning of that salvation for our own relationship with God and our destiny in His kingdom.
• The “we who first trusted in Christ” in verse 12 is most likely a reference to Paul, the apostles, and other disciples in the first group of people to become Christians. This group was mostly made up of converted Jews. The “you also trusted” in verse 13 would then be a reference to those who came to faith in Christ later, many of whom would have been Gentiles. But we should not make too much of this difference. The promise of a certain inheritance in heaven is true for both of these groups, just as both groups received the Holy Spirit as the sign of their salvation. And for all Christians since then (including us!), these promises remain true.