Ephesians 3: 14

Who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.

This is the follow up verse to yesterday’s Word of the Day. There was so much contained in the two verses that I had to split them apart. Yesterday we discovered that we are sealed in Jesus by the Holy Spirit. Today we find that this Spirit was given to us as a pledge. When you look up the word “pledge” you find that it means “a solemn promise.” We learned yesterday that the Holy Spirit himself is a promise. Now we discover that he is also the pledge, the symbol of another promise. God has given us a pledge that we are His heirs, that we have an inheritance in Him.

Normally I think of an inheritance only being effective when someone dies. In this case, the Father cannot die but He gave everything to Jesus then we became Jesus’ heirs at the cross. We are heirs to everything God has and the Holy Spirit was given as the solemn promise that we have an inheritance in Christ.

Paul also points to redemption. His writing tells us that we are the heirs of God in Christ Jesus but upon the view from our window also looks out upon redemption as God’s own possession, as His beloved. In this understanding of who we are in Christ, heirs of his bounty and the redeemed that we offer praise to the Father for the Glory He has shown us and for the radiance of His son shining upon us bathing us in the Father’s glory eternally. Did you notice, though, that redemption is not our inheritance? Paul in writing about a pledge given in evidence of our inheritance says, “with a view to the redemption.”

In the limited scope of our thinking redemption is enough. However, to God it is only the means to the other and greater things He has for us. It is a means by which we can enjoy the inheritance He has set aside for us. That is pretty big. Apparently, we are not beggars sitting at the castle gates waiting for crumbs to be cast in our direction. We are, in fact, God’s inheritance. We are what he gained through Jesus’ sacrifice. The trade has been made on our behalf and on God’s. Jesus traded everything God had for everything we are. Not much of a deal, I grant you but there you go. Parents are just that way. They will give you everything even though most of the time we are not worth it.

The inheritance is yours now. You can begin enjoying it today or tomorrow or next year. You can wait until you get to heaven to start enjoying it if you like, but why would you? You have been given a promise. Cash it in!

Go Big

Ephesians 1: 14

In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation- having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.

We looked, yesterday, at verse 13 but this is the verse I was trying to get to when I became so enamored with being sealed in Christ. The Holy Spirit was given to us as a pledge of our inheritance. A pledge, in this sense, is a down payment or a deposit. It is a small payment which is given as security for the greater payment to come. Okay, Wow! Think about that for a moment. The giving of the Holy Spirit, the outpouring, is only a down payment of all that God has for us. Can we as mere mortals even comprehend the enormity of that truth? Selah.

Jesus called the Holy Spirit our helper, comforter, the Spirit of Truth, our guide, our stand along, teacher, advocate, counselor, revelator, strengthener and intercessor (See John chapters 14 and 16, Amplified Translation). Have I missed anything? We are talking about a good friend to have. But this Holy Spirit, this amazing and wonderful companion, confidant and aide is a mere down payment on all that God has for us? I find that very difficult to fathom. We have yet to understand or appreciate the magnitude of the Holy Spirit but even from this little bit today we see that He is an enormous gift. How much more, then, does the Father have for those who love Him?

Do you think that God wants you broke, sick, beaten-down and defeated? Then why did He send the Holy Spirit? John 16: 13 says that the Holy Spirit was sent to lead us into all truth. Do we believe that a revelation of truth, much less all truth, is bound to leave people in bondage to all of the silly devices of the devil?  

I believe there is a big revelation available to those who seek it. God hasn’t just given us His best, He has given His all. He is goodness and there is no good thing that He is withholding from us in this life or the life to come. The Holy Spirit is much bigger than people thus far realize and yet he is just a down payment of the great and wonderful things the Lord, our God has for us. Don’t limit God with carnal thinking. We are bound to this earth right now in our bodies but our minds are free to explore the spiritual realm. Get a big vision of what God wants to do for your life and of your inheritance in Christ Jesus. It is bigger than anything you have yet imagined. Go Big. Go bigger!