Securely Sealed Saints (Ephesians 1:11-14)Darrell Hershberger, July 19, 2015
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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As Christians our security must be found in God. How can we feel secure when there are verses that threaten our security? One verse among others that may threaten our security is I Corinthians 10:12 - "Therefore let him who thinks he stands, take heed lest he fall". Verses like this threaten our security in everything besides God. Sin is an effort to feel secure in anything other than God. One of the key messages in Scripture is that God is worthy of our trust.
There are promises of things we will inherit when we place our trust in God. We may be tempted to place our trust in things of the earth, but the beautiful paradox is that God will give the earth for an inheritance only to those whose security is not in it. If our focus is on our self and on our performance before God, we are not trusting God. Instead, we need to think about how God wants to care for us and throw ourselves upon him in full and utter dependence.
11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In 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, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. (ESV)