Today's Verse: Ephesians 1:13-14

Thursday, January 14, 2016

You were marked in [Christ] with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession — to the praise of his glory.
— Ephesians 1:13-14
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Thoughts on Today's Verse...

God is faithful to his word. He keeps his promises. But that faithfulness was not enough for him. He wanted us to have the full assurance of our future with him. So, he gave us a down payment, a deposit, so we could be sure of our inheritance and look forward to fully realizing our salvation. He had Jesus pour the Holy Spirit onto us as an anointing (Titus 3:3-7; 1 John 2:20, 27) and into us as a guarantee of what is to come (2 Corinthians 1:22, 5:5). When God buys us out of slavery to our mortal bodies and redeems us into our eternal home with bodies that will not grow old or decay, we won't need the deposit; we will have our complete inheritance. But until then, until we go to him, we rejoice in the amazing truth that he makes his home within us!

My Prayer...

Transcendent and yet ever-near God, thank you for not making me wait to experience your presence. Thank you for giving me "a foretaste of glory divine." Thank you for sending your blessed and promised Spirit to live in me and remind me where my home truly is. Until the day I see you face-to-face, I want to honor your presence in my mortal body by living a life that is pure, holy, and a blessing to others. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

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Illustration of Ephesians 1:13-14 — You were marked in [Christ] with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession — to the praise of his glory.

About This Devotional

Today's Verse is a free daily devotional that includes a Bible verse, thought and prayer.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware.

All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.