The Holy Spirit Seals the Deal​

11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.
— Ephesians 1:11-12

Song of Solomon 6:3 gives us the love language that portrays God’s relationship with his people...and the most famous line is “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine!” A two way delight and love affair, which is what makes romantic love such a wonderful thing. This is exactly what Paul says is happening in redemption...and the language he uses of “possession” and “inheritance” harkens back to God’s words to Abraham in Genesis “After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward. ”

Also God’s words to Moses and the Israelites: “Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine.” Exodus 19:5 Notice how in one passage we are the treasured possession to God and in the other God is the great reward to us? Don’t miss this because it is beautiful! And after reminding us again of the predestining intention of the Father and the salvation by faith in Christ, Paul then tells us that the third person of the trinity steps in, The Holy Spirit, to seal the deal.

Predestination and Providence have brought you an inheritance in Christ to God’s glory!  You are highly favored, you have no idea how loved and blessed you are. If only you understood what Paul is trying to get you to understand here.  There is a fundamental shift that takes place between the immature carnal christian and the mature, God-centered christian and it is in their devotional life: they shift from trying to do devotions in the morning as a “duty” to they cant miss it because it is their time to worship God and simply bask in all the blessings and relationship that are already theirs in Christ.

hich describes you?

In Prayer Today:
Ask God for a deeper understanding of his plan of grace.