Security in Christ – Ephesians 1:13

by Pastor John Fredericksen

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From nearly the instant my wife and I first walked into the house we currently live in, we knew “this was home.” We liked the layout, special features, and location. So, we immediately made an offer, put down a adequate amount of earnest money to “seal the deal,” and specified a move-in date. We were thrilled when our offer was accepted. Our new home had been secured.

Every individual in the Dispensation of Grace who has trusted in the finished work of Christ for eternal salvation has the assurance from God’s Word that a home for us in heaven is eternally secure. We have a new resident guaranteeing our salvation. Ephesians 1:13 promises that, when we “trusted…the gospel of your salvation…ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.” The moment we trusted in Christ alone for eternal life, God the Father gave us God the Holy Spirit to dwell inside us. Ephesians 1:14 calls this “the earnest [or down-payment] of our [eternal] inheritance.” Like earnest money given to secure the buyer of home will follow through with the purchase, the indwelling Holy Spirit is God’s guarantee that He will bring us, His purchased possession, to the heavens at the right time. His constant presence seals this irrevocable promise of eternal life as a gift of complete grace. We are also given a new condition of being made “the righteousness of God in Him [or in Christ]” (II Corinthians 5:21). God the Father now only sees us in the imputed holiness of His Son. Through grace, this positional standing with God will never change, even when our practice is sinful. This gives us a new acceptance. Ephesians 1:6 states that the Father “hath made us accepted in the Beloved [Son].” We no longer approach God in our own merits, hoping He will accept us. We are accepted because we are able to approach Him in the merit of His righteous Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. All this is compatible with our new position. Galatians 4:6 explains: “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” We have received the “adoption of sons,” (Galatians 4:5) making us part of the family of God and capable of having a living relationship with the Lord every day.

Our new condition gives us wonderful spiritual and eternal security in Christ. Sharing the truth of these spiritual riches with someone today may increase their joy, and yours.

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