IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC:- WE ARE GOD’S PURCHASED AND PRIZED POSSESSION
Rev. Innocent Chukwudi Peace Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“In whom 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 sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”
In the eternal plan of God our salvation consists of more than the forgiveness of our sins so that when we die we will go to heaven. The plan of God includes everything from the saving of our souls to what Paul calls “the redemption of the purchased possession.” What God has in mind is spectacular — complete and final redemption! Not only did God plan to redeem our souls from the curse of sin, but He is also going to redeem our bodies from the curse of man’s fall.
“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” (italics added)
One translation renders that last verse, Galations 4:5, as follows:
“God sent him to pay for the freedom of those who were controlled by these laws so that we would be adopted as his children.”(God’s Word Series, italics added)
It was the truth concerning Jesus Christ in the Gospel, God’s Word, that came to us by God’s providence at some point in the past. And when we believed that Word, we were saved from the guilt of all our sins and given the Holy Spirit whom Christ had promised to send to his people. The Spirit’s presence in us is a “down payment” (earnest) of the full and final salvation to come at the time of resurrection of the saints.
…you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession….
If that doesn’t sound like good news, if it doesn’t get you out of your seat, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are unspiritual. It might just mean you’re not sure what that means.
He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us… 2 Corinthians 2:21-22
Sealing is God’s way of saying, “Because you are so precious to me, I want you to feel secure in this relationship.
The most potent plea for sanctity is not “Ye were made,” or, “Ye are nourished,” but “Ye are bought.” This the apostle selects as a convincing proof of our duty, and as a means to make that duty our delight. And truly, beloved, it is so. If we have indeed experienced the power of redemption we fully admit that it is so. Look ye back to the day when ye were bought, when ye were bondslaves to your sins, when ye were under the just sentence of divine justice, when it was inevitable that God should punish your transgressions; remember how the Son of God became your substitute, how he bared his back to the lash that should have fallen upon you, and laid his soul beneath the sword which should have quenched its fury in your blood. You were redeemed then, redeemed from the punishment that was due to you, redeemed from the wrath of God, redeemed unto Christ to be his for ever.
Recollect, again, that your being “bought with a price” will be the most important fact in all your future existence. What say they in heaven when they sing? They would naturally select the noblest topic and that which most engrosses their minds, and yet in the whole range of their memory they find no theme so absorbing as this: “Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood.” Redeeming love is the theme of heaven. When you reach the upper realms your most important memory will not be that you were wealthy or poor in this life, nor the fact that you sickened and died, but that you were “bought with a price.” We do not know all that may occur in this world before the close of its history, but certainly it will be burnt up with fire, and you in yonder clouds with Christ may witness the awful conflagration. You will never forget it. There will be new heavens and new earth, and you with Christ may see the new-born heavens, and earth, laughing in the bright sunlight of God’s good pleasure; you will never forget that joyous day. And you will be caught up to dwell with Jesus for ever and ever; and there will come a time when he shall deliver up the kingdom to God, even the Father and God shall be all in all. You will never forget the time of which the poet sings-
“Then the end, beneath his rod Man’s last enemy shall fall.Hallelujah, Christ in God,
God in Christ is all in all.”
“Remember the words which I spake unto you, being yet present with you.” May our lives be such that even if we are not public speakers, yet others may remember our example, and so may hear what our lives spake while we were yet on earth. Your bodies and your spirits are God’s: oh, live to God, and glorify him in the power of his Spirit as long as you have any breath below, that so when the breath is gone, your very bones, like those of Joseph, shall be a testimony. Even in the ashes of the saints their wonted fires live on. In their hallowed memories they rise like a phoenix from their ashes.
The Lord make us more and more practically his own, and may his name be glorious, for ever and ever. Amen, and amen.
Seeing the work of the Spirit in our hearts and lives, O Lord, we know that our conversion was real and that you have yet more blessings in store for us in the future. Help us to patiently wait for that day when our salvation from sin’s power and from even physical death is complete. Let us work while we wait and be found diligent servants of you at your coming.
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