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Ephesians, Chapter One, Lesson Four

HOPE IN CHRIST            Page 4

V.13 ** So, is salvation limited just to those Jewish believers who were the first to "Hope in Christ"?

Thankfully, no! "In Him, you also . . ."
This includes the Ephesians, all of Asia Minor, the world and even us today!

** What phrase does Paul use in this verse to describe the gospel?

"...the message of Truth, the gospel of your salvation..."

** What a wonderful title for the gospel! Does the world "listen to the message of Truth"?

Yes they do, but for the most part they remain unsaved.

** Why is that? What is the difference between us and them?

We listened and "...also believed..." The world is not interested in the Truth! cf. John 18:37-38, 1Corinthians 1:18

** We have seen today that God has promised us an inheritance with Christ. How can we be sure that He will follow through with that promise?

1) Hebrews 6:18 "it is impossible for God to lie"
2) We were "sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise"

** What does it mean that we were sealed?

1) Authority - Esther 3:9-12
2) Security - Daniel 6:16-17
3) Ownership - 2Timothy 2:19
4) Finished transaction - Jeremiah 32:9-10

** Are all Believers sealed with the Holy Spirit?

Yes! This shows us the vital role that the third person of the Trinity plays in our eternal salvation.
cf. Romans 8:9

V.14 ** Why does Paul call the Holy Spirit "a pledge of our inheritance"?

The term meant an earnest, or down payment in advance for security.

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