In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:13 – 14
In John chapter 14, Jesus said He was going away, but He wasn’t abandoning the disciples. He explained that He was going to give them another helper, that will abide with them forever (v.16). He told them He was sending the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, but He would dwell within them.
Jesus was referring to the Holy Spirit, who continues to dwell within every believer today. Paul tells us that when we placed our trust in Jesus, through hearing the word of truth, we believed in Him, and we were sealed with the Holy Spirit. He became our guarantee…like the collateral used to guarantee a loan. He is our guarantee that we will receive the inheritance promised to us.
Notice that Paul ends verse 14 with: “to the praise of His glory”. It’s ALL for HIS glory! We are the purchased possession, and Jesus receives the glory because of what He has done to purchase us. As we celebrate His death and resurrection this week, let’s keep in mind that there was no other way for us to enter into eternal life with God. If there way, Jesus would never have had to go to the cross.