Main point summary
Praise God because he has blessed up with Every Spiritual Blessing in Christ.
we have obtained z an inheritance, ~ heirs; DP
a having been predestined ~ DP
b according to the purpose
of him who works all things
τοῦ τὰ πάντα ἐνεργοῦντος κατὰ τὴν βουλὴν τοῦ θελήματος αὐτοῦ
according to c the counsel of his will,
so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be d to the praise of his glory.
εἰς τὸ εἶναι ἡμᾶς εἰς ἔπαινον δόξης αὐτοῦ τοὺς προηλπικότας ἐν τῷ Χριστῷ.
when you heard e the word of truth,
ἀκούσαντες τὸν λόγον τῆς ἀληθείας,
the gospel of your salvation,
τὸ εὐαγγέλιον τῆς σωτηρίας ὑμῶν,
and believed in him,
ἐν ᾧ πιστεύσαντες
f were sealed with the g promised Holy Spirit,
ἐσφραγίσθητε τῷ πνεύματι τῆς ἐπαγγελίας τῷ ἁγίῳ,
who is h the guarantee 1 of our i inheritance
ὅ ἐστιν ἀρραβὼν τῆς κληρονομίας ἡμῶν,
until j we acquire k possession of it, 2
εἰς ἀπολύτρωσιν τῆς περιποιήσεως,
l to the praise of his glory . ~ultimate
εἰς ἔπαινον τῆς δόξης αὐτοῦ.
When believed, were sealed or believed and result were sealed? A/M or A/R
Exegetical idea: Our predetermined inheritance is guaranteed by the seal of the Spirit Subject: Why should God be blessed/praised (3, 11-14)? Complement: God is to be praised/blessed because he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ and through Christ (3): Specifically these blessings are the seal of the Spirit: In Christ, the Jews inheritance is part of God's eternal plan (11-12) In Christ, Gentiles are included in this inheritance (13-14). Inheritance is given when we believe When believe, we are sealed by Spirit, who guarantees our inheritance until our future redemption Homiletical Idea: Our inheritance is guaranteed by the Spirit Subject: Why should God be blessed/praised (3, 11-14)? Complement: God is to be praised because he has blessed us in Christ (3): Specifically, blessings are the seal of the Spirit: In Christ, the Jews inheritance is part of God's eternal plan (11-12) In Christ, Gentiles are included in this inheritance (13-14). Inheritance is ours when we believe The seal/Spirit guarantees our inheritance The ptc phrase can be either means or ground. Predestined, all things, God's will alludes to what he has already said about election/adoption, God's eternal plan to unite all things under his rule. The sealing represents the reception of the Spirit in salvation and so though a distinct act, is all inclusive of the Spirit in the life of the believer. Both language of sealing and guarantee point to the security of the believer in God.
30 And d do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, e by whom you were sealed for the day of f redemption.
1 Corinthians 6:20
20 r for you were bought with a price. s So glorify God in your body.