Meditations on Ephesians
Ephesians 1:11-14
Don't get lost in the grace, it is all about Christ!
Published February 13th, 2017; Updated February 15th, 2017
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Main point summary
Ephesians 1:11-14
Main point summary
The proper framework of our election, salvation, and inheritance is centered around the praise and glory of Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:11-14
Ephesians 1:11-14
In him we have obtained z an inheritance,
It is in Christ that we who first hoped in Christ have been given this inheritance ,
a having been predestined b according to the purpose of him
by God choosing us according to His purpose
who works all things according to c the counsel of his will,
this is the very God who works all things out only according to His own counsel and no others,
so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be d to the praise of his glory.
in order that praise would be given to Christ by us who first hoped in Christ.
In him you also,
Further more you also,
when you heard e the word of truth,
when you heard the truth,
the gospel of your salvation,
that is the good news of your salvation,
and believed in him,
and then, you believed in Christ,
f were sealed with the g promised Holy Spirit,
You were then sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
who is h the guarantee 1 of our i inheritance until j we acquire k possession of it, 2
that is you were sealed with the guarantee of our inheritance till we have our inheritance ,
l to the praise of his glory.
resulting in the praise of Christ's glory.
Key note on main point of this proposition: OBTAINED. It is past tense. He is saying that they have already obtained an inheritance. Is it important that Paul says "an inheritance" and not "THE inheritance"? Is this inheritance the promised Holy Spirit mentioned in Eph. 1:13?
It is interesting that it seems that prior to this point the "we" appeared to be in reference to the collective, but now it seems distinctive.
It is the election of the Father, through the Son, and by the seal of the Holy Spirit that we are guaranteed our inheritance. The election of the Father is done according to His own purpose. His election of you isn't purposeless or by chance. His elections ultimate purpose is for the praise of Christ's glory. The Holy Spirit is our seal/guarantee of the inheritance promised to us. He is the assurance we have that we are His. The flow of thought prior to this passage were all the things that we have IN Christ and God's plan IN Christ. This is still the idea here, and it is even more clear, because it isn't only IN Christ that these things are being done. It is clear that it is all FOR Christ and his glory that these things are taking place. So whether it is election or when you were sealed by the Holy Spirit [what ever your take is] it is for the sole purpose and result of Christ's glory.
I feel like there is a tension here. Eph. 1:11-12 appears to make the case for election. We see words like predestined and His purpose. But in Eph. 1:13-14 it sounds like there is a process on our side. We see words like "when you heard the word" and "believed," then they were "sealed" with the Holy Spirit.
I need to understand that my election/adoption/salvation/our very inheritance has been accomplished and taken place for the glory of Christ. Its ultimate goal isn't got my glory, joy, happiness, fulfillment, or benefit. Those things do happen and take place, but they are all secondary concerns. The ultimate concern is the glory of Jesus Christ in all of this. Do I center my salvation on the praise and glory of Jesus Christ? Is my lens through which I look upon life me-centered or the glory of Christ centered? I know that there is such pride and self-centeredness in my heart. How can I break free of this pride? Help me God.
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