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The title of my message
today is, "Chosen, Redeemed and Sealed." It is something
that has been on my heart since I was doing my morning
devotions from the Book of Ephesians.
For my devotions I was working my way through the book
one heading at a time. The first one is "Spiritual
blessings in Christ" and comes from chapter 1 verses
3-14. As I read and reflected three main points jumped
out at me which I want to share today.
Introduction to Ephesians
Just before we read the text today, I want to give us a
few things to consider.
1. Firstly, the Apostle Paul wrote this book while he
was house arrest in Rome to a church, he had spent a lot
of time at. He first went there on his second missionary
journey and stayed with them for a while. But on his
third missionary journey he spent almost three years
with them. So, he knew the people, the church and the
city very well.
2. Secondly, it is one
of the only books that Paul wrote to a church that has
no correction or rebuke. In the first few verses he
described them "Faithful servants of Jesus Christ".
3. Lastly, one of the
major themes of the book is unity. Paul encourages them
to live in unity. He uses terms like the church is like
a body, with Christ as the head; or like a building,
with Christ as the cornerstone; or like a bride, with
Christ as the groom.
Bible Reading –
Spiritual Blessings in Christ
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing
in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.
4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and
chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his
eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his
own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ.
This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great
pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace
he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.
7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he
purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and
forgave our sins. 8 He has showered his kindness on
us, along with all wisdom and understanding.
9 God has now revealed to us his mysterious will
regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan.
10 And this is the plan: At the right time he will
bring everything together under the authority of
Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.
11 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we
have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in
advance, and he makes everything work out according to his
12 God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first
to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God.
13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth,
the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in
Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the
Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. 14 The Spirit
is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he
promised and that he has purchased us to be his own
people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.
Today I have three main points and a smaller one I want
to share from this passage.
Point 1 – God has chosen us and adopted us
A great truth of the Bible is that we who are in Christ
or Christians are chosen.
Verse 4 of the text says, “Even before He made the world,
God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without
fault in His eyes.
In this simple verse there are four great truths.
Paul tells us that God “chose” us to emphasize the truth
that salvation depends totally on God. We are not saved by
our own good works or because we deserve it, but because
God is gracious and loving and chose to freely give us
salvation. Because of Jesus’ death on the cross to pay the
price for our sin and our faith and our faith and trust in
who He is and what He has done, we are saved. And the good
news is that because we are saved and in Christ, we are
faultless in His eyes.
Verse 5 of today’s text tells us that, “God decided in
advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to
Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to
do, and it gave Him great pleasure.”
Again, verse five has a number of great truths.
God has adopted us into His eternal family. He decided in
advance to do this. We are now His children. John
1:12 says, “But to all who believed Him and accepted
Him, He gave the right to become children of God.”
So, we are chosen, saved and adopted by God.
Point 2 – We are redeemed by God
Verse 7 tells us, “He is so rich in kindness and grace
that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son
and forgave our sins.”
Redemption is an important word in the Christian faith.
Redemption is about the buying back or release of an
object or person. In the Bible redemption refers to God’s
ransoming of believers through the death of Jesus Christ
upon the cross and to all the benefits that this brings.
So, Jesus paid the price on the cross to redeem us back to
Why did we need to be redeemed? We needed to be redeemed
because we couldn't save ourselves. When we talk about
salvation we see that in our natural state without Christ
we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans
3:23) and that this sin separates us from God (Isaiah
Some people and some religions think they can redeem
themselves by good works. They think if their good deeds
out way their bad deeds, then God will accept them. The
Bible tells us that salvation is not by good works, so
no-one can boast. It is a gift from God (Ephesians
This is where Christ comes in with His work on the cross.
In Christ we have been freed. Through His death on the
cross as a payment for our sin the price has been paid.
Colossians 1:13-14 “For he has rescued us from the
dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of
the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the
forgiveness of sins.”
10:45 says, “For even the Son of Man did not come to
be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom
Timothy 2:5-6 tells us that, “There is one God and
one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony
given in its proper time”.
Jesus gave His life as a ransom for many. It is by
Christ’s shed blood that our sins are forgiven. We
celebrate this each week in communion. His death opened
the way to God. He is the one mediator between God and
mankind. Our redemption is one hundred percent totally and
completely paid for by the death of Christ.
Point 3 – We are sealed by the Holy Spirit
Verses 13 and 14 of today’s text tells us. “And now you
Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God
saves you. And when you believed in Christ, He identified
you as His own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom He
promised long ago. 14 The Spirit is God’s guarantee that
He will give us the inheritance He promised and that He
has purchased us to be His own people. He did this so we
would praise and glorify Him.”
Again, in these two verses there are more amazing truths.
Ephesians 4:30b says, “Remember, He has identified
you as His own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the
day of redemption.”
Corinthians 1:21-22 also says, “It is God who
enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He
has commissioned us, 22 and He has identified us as His
own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first
instalment that guarantees everything He has promised us.”
8:23 says, “And we believers also groan, even though
we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future
glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin
and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day
when God will give us our full rights as His adopted
children, including the new bodies He has promised us.
The Bible describes the Holy Spirit as a deposit, a
guarantee, down payment of what we will receive.
The Greek word used for sealed is sphragizō. This
means to stamp (like with a signet or private mark) for
security or preservation or ownership. In the ancient
world seals were very important. If a letter was stamped
with the King’s seal, or Caesars seal, it carried the full
weight of the King. It has power, authority and ownership.
Much like a letter written on the letterhead of the Queen
or the Prime Minister carries weight and authority today.
The Holy Spirit is God’s guarantee, His stamp, His seal,
that we belong to Him and He will do what He has promised
to do in our lives. As believers we can look forward to
the great day when are freed from our bodies and we will
live forever with Him without pain, suffering or sin.
Because the Holy Spirit is our seal we can know we are
saved. We can know we belong to God. We can know without
doubt God will do all He promised.
Point 4 – Our salvation is all about God
Just before I finish and summarise my message today I
want to share some points that really jumped out at me as
I read this passage. These are straight from my morning
V4 – He chose us before the foundation of the world
V5 – He predestined us to be adopted
V7 – In Him we have redemption
V7 – In Him we have forgiveness of sins
V9 – And He made know salvation to us
V11 – In Him we were chosen and predestined
V13 – In Him we are sealed by the Holy Spirit
Our salvation really is about God and His desire to save
us, forgive us and adopt us into His eternal family. We
truly are chosen, redeemed and sealed.
So today we looked at Ephesians chapter 1. It is a great
passage that assures us of a number of things. The three
that we looked at today are…
By Dave Quinn
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