Eph 1:13-14 (1:13) In whom ye also [trusted], just after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also just after that ye believed, ye have been sealed with that holy Spirit of guarantee, (1:14) Which is the earnest of our inheritance till the redemption of the bought possession, unto the praise of his glory.
A single of the greatest joys of salvation, as far as I am concerned is the hope of eternity that the Lord provides to everybody who is saved by Him. Personally, I uncover that far more motivating for me to total my race than all the blessings which we can love right here on earth. That fullness of salvation, exactly where I am saved from my sins and my tendency to sin, exactly where righteousness and peace reigns forever – exactly where I shall be with the Lord Jesus forever – that provides me the want to press on towards the mark of the higher calling in Christ Jesus.
These verses above struck me as I was meditating the word nowadays. In these verses, I see a divine progression for a believer towards eternity. Let’s take a appear at that.
1. Heard the Word of Truth
When we have been without having Christ, the Lord came searching for us and by means of His divine channels (I.e. the word of God, by means of human beings, by means of media, and so forth) He proclaimed the Word of Truth to us. It is this word of Truth that sets us cost-free (John eight:32 Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you cost-free). This is the cause why youngsters of God (and specially these who would dare to contact themselves servants of God) are exhorted to Show themselves authorized to God, unashamedly dividing the Word of Truth (two Tim two:15). It is this truth that shines into our dark locations and sets the captives cost-free. In Eph 1:13, the Lord calls this the Gospel of our salvation. Blessed are the feet on the mountains of these who bring this very good news and the message of hope to the masses.
But – It is not just enough for the word of Truth to be proclaimed, it is vital for it to be heard! The word of God reminds us – let him that has ears, hear what the spirit says! Every single one particular has ears. But handful of have the true “ears” to hear what the spirit proclaims by means of the word of truth. But blessed are these who really hear & respond positively to the Word of truth – for salvation is provided to such! As it is written in James 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and get with meekness the engrafted word (Implanted/Rooted in you), which is capable to save your souls.
two. In Whom Ye Trusted
Gospel declared and heard is not fully helpful. It is the gospel that is “believed in” that has the energy of God unto salvation. The final decision of this belief rests on the particular person. God can not make you think. It is a cost-free will decision that you happen to be going to make. Often. And often keep in mind, when you hearken and think the gospel, you are not trusting mere words, but you are trusting the Word of Truth, and you are trusting a particular person – Our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. A uncomplicated believed for us to shop away – The Excellent news is a Individual – Jesus Christ. It is all about Him, His adore, His sacrifice, His church and His strategy for it, His second coming and an eternity that is spent with Him. He is the author and finisher of our salvation, and He is certainly the reward that we are operating for. Appear to Jesus & trust Him implicitly – irrespective of the spiritual season of your life.
three. Right after you believed
Continuing from Point two., The blessing of salvation is opened to us just after we think. I am not speaking about an empty acknowledging of a reality – but a trust, a reliance, and a faith in the Lord and His salvation strategy. I am speaking about a Heb 11:1 kind of faith – one particular that appropriates and sets on a larger level the eternal, unseen realities of the Kingdom of God far more than the reality of the present evil age that we reside in. James two:19 reminds us that even the devils also think and they tremble. But that belief does not lead them to salvation. But the Lord in His mercy has opened to us the way of salvation, in that He enabled us to repent and to think and turn out to be born once more.
four. Sealed with the Holy Spirit
The blessedness of salvation is produced manifest to the believer the moment he becomes born once more. The Lord accepts him into the household of God (Eph two:19) and provides him the capability to turn out to be a son of God and a partaker of His divine nature. He sends the Holy Spirit (which is Himself!) to dwell with us and we turn out to be the temple of the Living God! We carry in our physique, the manifest presence of God himself. The spirit of God renews our spirit and starts the life-extended function of renewal in us – which implies a renewal of the spirit – Justification, a renewal of the thoughts (Rom 12:1-two) – sanctification & Lastly a renewed glorified physique – glorification (Rom eight:21).
The word (Eph 1:13) says : This is a seal! A thing which is an assurance which can’t be broken. This seal cries inside us convincing us that we are certainly the Sons of God! This assurance of God’s adore causes us to knowledge the freedom whereby we can contact the creator of heavens and earth as our Father and witnesses the truth that we are certainly his youngsters! Not just that, the spirit of God is sent to us as an earnest (or downpayment) of the eternal inheritance that He has stored for us.
Let me illustrate. Let’s say, we are preparing to buy a property which expenses $100,000. We do not make the complete payment upfront. We just might give a little initial downpayment (Possibly $15,000) and then continue to make the payments as we progress in building. Dearly beloved, the spirit of God that He has offered in our hearts is just a little foretaste of divine glory. He is but one particular aspect of heaven that we are enjoying right here on this earth. How a great deal far more glorious is our life in heaven and how a great deal far more we must be motivated and driven by eternity !
May perhaps the Lord bless you as you meditate on this reality. God Bless!