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"God's Eternal Purpose" Series - Part 5: We Have Obtained an Inheritance

Series: God's Eternal Purpose

 

At the fullness of time God’s sons and daughters will be part of what is united together in Him - things on heaven and on earth. What will happen when all things are brought together? Ephesians 1.11 says we’ll receive our inheritance in full. It’s something that is so certain, Paul speaks of it in past tense … we have obtained an inheritance. God always keeps His promises.

  1. EPHESIANS 1.11-12 - THE GROUND OF OUR INHERITANCE
    1. 1.11 - in Him we have obtained an inheritance…
      1. Ten times in 1.3-14 do we read of the phrase In Him, or before Him, or in the beloved.
      2. There is no way to get anything God has to offer apart from Jesus.
    2. When did you get “in” Christ? Romans 6.3-6 - your baptism united you with Christ.
    3. 1.11b - to work all things according to the counsel of his will. Work - “energy” 
      1. God always works out what He plans. Why? 1.12 - to the praise of His glory.
    4. 1.12-13 - Look at just one more thing here … God’s benefits, God’s blessings, God’s power … are only available to those who choose to take advantage of it.
  2. EPHESIANS 1.13-14a - THE GUARANTEE OF OUR INHERITANCE
    1. 1.13 - In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised holy spirit.
    2. 1.14a - who is the guarantee of our salvation until we acquire possession of it.
      1. The Spirit’s work: confirmation.
      2. Romans 8.16-17a - The spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs - heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ…
    3. 1.13b - we have been sealed. To be “branded or marked in order to distinguish one person/thing from another.” Culturally, to be sealed meant:
      1. Approval - you have met the approval of God. See Ephesians 1.6.
      2. Authentication - Official documents are often signed and then stamped with a seal over the signature. It guarantees the document is authentic. See Ephesians 4.30.
      3. Appropriation - A seal establishes ownership. See Colossians 1.13.
      4. Security - See 2 Timothy 2.19 - The lord knows who are His…
      5. Completion - Seals indicated a finished transaction. See Colossians 2.13-15.
    4. If you have responded in faith to God’s call of salvation, if you’ve responded from the heart, you have been sealed. You have been marked as belonging to God.
      1. We can exhale and rest in the promises of God. Romans 8.31-39
  3. Ephesians 1.14b - THE GOAL OF OUR INHERITANCE
    1. 1.14b - to the praise of His glory. God wants to be glorified through you.
    2. We should all be humbled by what God has done. All we should want to do in this world is lift up Jesus in every way we can. It’s just amazing when you think about it.
  4.   CONCLUSION
    1. Those in Christ have been blessed with every spiritual blessing.
    2. Never, ever forget who you are and what you’ve been given!
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