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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
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
Point 1 – God has chosen us and adopted us
A great truth of the Bible is that we who are in Christ or Christians
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 God.
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.”
Mark 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 for many.”
1 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.”
2 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.”
Romans 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
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 devotions.
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
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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