Christ in You (Ephesians #2)

Text: Ephesians 1:13-23

Sealed with the holy Spirit (vs 13)

  • Process by which the gospel works to save is found in verse 1:13: 1) heard the word of truth → 2) trusted → 3) sealed with the Holy Spirit
  • Something sealed is airtight, closed, but also assured and guaranteed
  • 2 Corinthians 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

Down payment until the body is changed (vs 14)

  • Earnest is the down payment as in earnest money.
  • The holy Spirit is the earnest down payment of what God intends to do in the future.
  • Redemption of the purchased possession
    • Romans 8:23
    • Galatians 4:5

Encouragement to other saints (vss 15-16)

  • Spirit is how the work of the Lord is multiplied.
  • Seeing the Lord Jesus Christ work in others should be a blessing.  When it’s someone you love, it is surely a blessing.

Knowledge of Jesus Christ (vs 17)

  • Spirit of wisdom through knowing Jesus Christ
  • Spirit of revelation through knowing Jesus Christ

Enlightened by understanding (vs 18)

  • Know the hope of his calling
  • Riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints
  • Greatness of his power
    • First wrought in Jesus Christ (vss 20-23)