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Our Journey Online - April 3, 2013

  • 2013 Apr 03
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The Perfect Guarantee

13In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
—Ephesians 1: 13-14

There are certain sentences that change everything. They can be just a few words, but things will ever be the same again. “Will you marry me,” or, ”I’m pregnant,” or, “The job is yours,” are obvious examples of sentences that flip us on our heads and rip the feet out from under us. That’s what makes the verses above so amazing! They are true no matter if you are happy or if you are hurting.

One of the many amazing things about Ephesians1 is how the chapter gathers all of God’s investment in us through Jesus into one sentence. We receive adoption from God according to His love for us (v.5), redemption from God according to His grace and (v.7), inheritance from God in Christ according to His will (v.11).

His investment in your life through Jesus Christ ensures His involvement in our lives for all eternity. That is not just good news for eternity, but good news each and every day. It means we are held in place.

Being held in place is like the seatbelt we are complacent about or even complaining about when life is calm, but we are mighty glad of when chaos (or a plane) descends more sharply than calculated. Life is massively turbulent and we find ourselves tossed about. Culture teaches us to be self-assured in times likes this, but always leaves us asking, Did I do enough? Can I do enough?

True assurance is found in God’s sufficiency for our past, our future, and our present. Jesus paid the price entirely so we could be blessed with eternity. Jesus died for you and me. 2 Corinthians 5: 21 says, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

The union we have with Christ means He died as our substitute taking upon Himself our attempts to subvert God’s plan, power, and promise. Jesus knew no sin so before God we would not be known for our sin. His perfect life made the way for us to receive His promised life. He bore our sinful life to break the power of sin in our life. By His being harmed we are healed. —Scott Hamilton

Journal:

·         What is my eternal inheritance?

·         Does my life reflect this knowledge? Why or why not.

Prayer – Father, You sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, to pay my sin debt and gain Your eternal reward of heaven with You. Yet, on this side of heaven I struggle to recognize the strength of that promise and live the benefits of it. Help me to live like I inherit everything through Your Son. Forgive me for being short-sighted and earth focused. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Always True&#58; 5 Great and Precious Promises of God
Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God 

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What if you believed—truly believed with all confidence that God is with you? How would today go for you if you knew without a doubt that God is in control? What would be different in your life if you were sure God is watching and good? What would you risk if you were certain God is victorious? 

Just how would believing God’s promises change your life?  

Ask the greatest Christian you’ll ever meet if they hold on to God’s promises and they’ll all say yes. Believing that God will do what He promises leads to a great life. The greatest Christian you’ll every meet knows, treasures, and is resting in the promises of God. They cling to these assurances that God gives His people so they can walk by faith while they wait for Him to work.

So what exactly does God promise?  In this topical study of what will always be true, Pastor James MacDonald will explore five great and precious promises that God keeps. Enter into this study with anticipation and faith that the God who makes these promises is faithful and true... always true.
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