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Ephesians Devotional—Week One, Day Four (12/3/09)

Ephesians 1:13-14

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having 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.

How does a person come to be in Christ, anyway? It’s through hearing the “word of truth,” which is the good news of our salvation. After one hears the gospel message, then he must believe it.

Notice the connection between truth and the gospel. The bold assertion of the New Testament is that its message is true. There is such a thing as absolute truth, and it is found in the message of Christ. This message is that Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, was buried, and was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). The resurrection of Christ confirms that it’s all true.

Upon receiving the truth by faith, the believer immediately is marked with a seal (who is the Holy Spirit Himself, living within us). This seal identifies the believer as belonging to God, in the way that a branding mark on cattle identifies ownership for the rancher.

Not only is the Holy Spirit our seal, He is also our guarantee, or “down payment” (Greek word: arrabōn– an initial payment as security for the rest).  In other words, God the Father gives us the Holy Spirit as His down payment that ensures to us that the rest of His blessings are on their way. We know heaven and eternal life will be ours because the Spirit has been given to us!

  1. How or when did you first hear the gospel message? Did you receive it immediately? Briefly describe your testimony, and ask God to give you the opportunity to share it with someone today.
  2. What are some practical benefits of knowing that you are sealed by God? Consider these verses as you formulate your answer: John 6:27; Ephesians 4:30; 2 Timothy 2:19; Revelation 7:3.
  3. What role does the Holy Spirit have in assuring the believer of his salvation and future inheritance? Do you have this assurance? In what ways do you have it?
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