UNTO THE PRAISE OF HIS GLORY
By John N. Baker
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:14
God the Holy Spirit has much to do with the Body of Christ and the members in particular. It is God the Holy Spirit who quickens and regenerates us. "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost" (Titus 3:5).
It is God the Holy Spirit that seals us (Ephesians 1:13).
This sealing is permanent. When the Spirit of God takes up His abode in a believer, He never leaves him in life or in death, until presented faultless in the presence of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. The seal of the Holy Spirit is accomplished at salvation.
God the Holy Spirit is also the earnest of our inheritance.
When I was a boy, my mother would let me lick the mixing bowl and spoon. This was not the cake but merely a taste of good things to come. We all know what earnest money represents. It is a little down payment which assures we will pay more. God has "blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3); "made us accepted in the beloved" (Ephesians 1:6); given us "redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace" (Ephesians 17); and given us His Spirit; but there is so much more to come. That is just a little down payment, a taste of good things to come. "That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:7). All of this is to the praise of His glory. Think of it! Every saint of God, every redeemed one, every sinner saved by grace, will add to the glory and the satisfaction of God throughout eternity!
THE DAY OF THE LORD IS AT HAND – TRIBULATION
By Les Feldick
Posted By Cecil and Connie Spivey
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