You Are Selected, Saved, and SealedJanuary 31, 2011 Save Article
A study of the Trinity in the limited space we have here cannot be exhaustive. In fact, no study anywhere of the Trinity could be complete, for God is limitless. All that we know about Him today is only a glimpse of what we will know one day when we’ll have all eternity to learn more and more about our omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent God.
But what we have attempted in these studies on the Trinity, beginning two studies ago, is to take a deeper look into a subject on which Bible scholars and theologians have written volumes. Someone once said about the Bible, and the same is true of a study of the Trinity: “The Bible is like a pool. Shallow enough that a little child can come and get a drink without fear of drowning, yet so deep scholars can swim in it and never touch bottom.”
Previously we looked at proofs in Scripture that Jesus Christ is not just the Son of God, but “God the Son,” the Second Person of the Trinity.
Last time, we looked at the Sublime Mystery of the Trinity—God in Three Persons—the paradox of “Three in One” —and the Sacred History of the Trinity—how Tri-unity is reflected in what God has made. We saw that all three Persons of the Godhead participated in
- the creation of the universe
- the creation of man
- the forming of the written Word of God, the Bible
- and even in the Great Commission.
Now let’s look at—
THE SAVING MINISTRY OF THE TRINITY
For this study, we’re going to be in the first chapter of Ephesians. Turn there now in your Bible, and as we read, fill in the words.
All three Persons of the Trinity are at work in the saving of human souls. They participated in the saving of your soul. Here’s how.
WE ARE SELECTED BY THE FATHER
3 Blessed be the ______ and ___________ of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as ______ [God the Father] hath _______________ us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the _________________ of ________________ by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 To the praise of the glory of _____ grace, wherein _____ hath made us _____________ in the _______________.
1. According to these verses, Who selected us to be “holy and without blame before Him”? ___________________
2. In verse 3, what has He blessed us with? ________ _____________________
3. In verse 4, what specific action did God the Father take? ____________________
4. In verse 5, another part of God’s action is revealed. What else did He do?
(“having) _______________________ (us”)
5. God took yet another very “parental” action in verse 5. We became His children because we were “predestinated unto the _____________________.”
But God wasn’t through.
6. Verse 6 says that God has made us _________________.
7. Who are we accepted in? ________ __________________.
So, on the one hand we have—
God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity,
On the other, we have—
What would bridge the gap? How could man ever have a relationship with God?
Holy God looked upon fallen man, and (Ephesians 1:1-6) out of His great love we’re now:
- alive in Christ,
- blessed with all spiritual blessings
- enabled us to stand before Him both holy and blameless
- adopted as His children
- accepted in the Beloved, Christ
Friend, if the above doesn’t make you want to shout—or fall at His feet in awe and wonder—I'm not sure what would.
On the basis of these 7 points revealed in Ephesians 1:1-6, on the lines below write a description of your identity in God:
Before God swung this planet into space, He had you in His heart and mind. You were chosen in the past, you’re predestinated in the future, and you are accepted and preserved in the present.
WE ARE SAVED BY THE SON
7. Verse 3 says we are “blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly place in _________.”
Which Person of the Trinity made it possible for us to have access to “heavenly places”? ____________________
8. Continuing in Ephesians 1, again fill in these significant words:
6 To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved [in Jesus]. 7 In whom [in Jesus] we have _____________________ through His ___________, the _______________ of sins, according to the riches of His _______________; 8 Wherein _____ hath _________________ [some translations say “lavished” or “showered”] toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fullness of times _____
might ____________ ______________ in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even ______ ________: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of _______ who worketh all things after the counsel of ______ _____________: 12 That we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ.
9. There is enough wealth in these first 12 verses of Ephesians to fill a hundred sermons, but for our purpose in this study, we see that our redemption comes through Jesus. We are saved by the Son. The Bible says it is the sheer gift of God, the riches of His ______________.
10. Go back to verse 6 again and read through verse 12. How many times do you see the words “He,” Him,” “Whom,” “Himself” and “His” ? ________
WE ARE SEALED BY THE SPIRIT
13In whom [Jesus] ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were _____________ with that __________ ___________ of promise, 14Which is the earnest [the down payment] of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory.
A CLOSER LOOK AT “SEALED”What does it mean to be sealed? On an official document, letter, or proclamation, a person would melt a small pool of wax. Then taking an icon, they would stamp that impression into the wax. If it was a business transaction, it meant “the price is paid, the ownership is transferred, the matter is settled.” That’s what happens when we get saved. We’re selected by the Father, saved by the Son, sealed by the Spirit.
Grace is the unmerited favor of God. There is nothing we can do to earn it. Your redemption had to be bought by the precious blood of Jesus Christ and sealed by the Holy Spirit, to the glory of God the Father. That is the Holy Trinity participating together in your salvation.
For a real treat, click on this link http://bit.ly/7WPqEu and read this passage from Ephesians in the version called The Message. You will be even more blessed!
Dr. Rogers, in his sermon on this, asked:
Can you accept this in faith? It’s not just simply accepting some intellectual premise. You can believe in the Holy Trinity and go straight to hell. You say, “Well, I decide that you’re right. I agree with you.” Agreement won’t save you. Have you given your heart to Jesus? You say, “Well, I know the plan of salvation.” You’re not saved by the plan of salvation, you’re saved by the Man of salvation. His name is Jesus.
You’ve got to do something. It’s one thing to have an intellectual belief. It’s another to give your heart to Jesus Christ, to know He is the very Son of God. Enough of this talk about Jesus being a great man. In his song “Alas, And Did My Savior Bleed,” hymn writer Isaac Watts expressed it so beautifully: “God, the mighty Maker died, for man the creature’s sin.” Can you imagine God stepping out of glory, allowing Himself to be spit on, abused, beaten, made weak? No wonder the Bible says, “Great is the mystery of godliness.” God was manifest in the flesh.
We are not worthy of such love, but He died for us. And if you will, by faith, receive Him as your personal Lord and Savior, give your heart to Him and trust Him, He will forgive every sin. He will cleanse you as well as forgive you. The Holy Spirit of God will seal you to the day of redemption. I promise you that on the authority of the Word of God.
It’s easy to assume that everyone reading a “Digging Deeper” study is already saved, having trusted the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. But that may not be the case.
If you have never said “Yes” to Jesus Christ—if you have never asked Him to forgive your sins, to wash them away, buried forever—if you have never given your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ, it is our prayer that you will do this right now, as we close this study.
You say, “Well, now, what if I get saved and sin again?” If you sin, (and you will), that doesn’t mean you lose your salvation. When you get saved, you’re not going to sprout wings and get a halo. You’re going to have to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. But He will keep you, and His blood will continually cleanse you. God loves you and He wants to save you. And if you want to be saved, Jesus, the Son of God, who is “God the Son,” has with His own blood already purchased your salvation.
Bow your head and simply pray, “Dear God, I need to be saved. Jesus, You died to save me and promised to save me if I would trust You. I do trust You right now as my personal Savior. This moment I give You my heart and my life forever. Come into my heart. Forgive my sin. Save me, Lord Jesus.”
If you prayed that prayer, then by faith pray, “Thank You for doing it. That settles it. Begin now to make me the person You want me to be. I will live for You the rest of my life, for Your glory, and by Your grace. In Your name I pray. Amen.”
If you have asked the Lord Jesus Christ to save you at the end of this study, would you take a moment to let us know? We would love to hear from you. You can reach us at http://bit.ly/gwqQMU