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November 17 - Evening

"When you believed, 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—to the praise
of his glory.
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all
God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

- Ephesians 1:13-17

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The Past, Present and Future


In Ephesians 1:13-17 it is clear that Paul is dividing the Christian experience into three parts that can be classified as the past, the present and the past:

  1. Past - "When you believed" and entered into Christ..."you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit."
  2. Present - "May give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better."
  3. Future - "Until the redemption of those who are God's possession."

Paul's focus is not on the past, although he acknowledges it and says that the Ephesians believers have the Holy Spirit because of their salvation experience.

Neither does Paul focus on the future, but he does say that we have been sealed with "the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession." A seal was used to show ownership of a document that often contained legal information concerning property, transactions, inheritances, etc. The Ephesian believers have been sealed not with an impression pressed into a piece of clay to seal legal information in a scroll, but with the Holy Spirit being pressed into their souls by God to indicate he is now the owner and the one who guarantees the plans he has for them. This seal will stay secure and protect the contents God placed in the Ephesian believers until the day of redemption, which is the resurrection.

Paul's focus, though, is not on the past or the future, these things are set. The variable is the present. What will the believers in Ephesus do with their guaranteed inheritance, which is their gifting and placement in the body of Christ in time? Will they grow to understand who they are in Christ and what God desires to accomplish in them? Will they be productive with the assets God has placed in them? Or, will they squander their inheritance? And, fail to recognize the valuable treasure God has sealed in them and guaranteed with the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives? This is what Paul is focused on and because of this Paul prays for them in their here and now.

Since the past is secure and the future is guaranteed, Paul prays for their growth and production in their present. Paul prays that they may be productive, but their production is based on their understanding of the super-natural spiritual realities that they cannot and will not know by human reason. They must understand the revelation from God through the Holy Spirit that abides within them. So Paul prays for them:

"I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way." - Ephesians1:17-23

Paul says God's "incomparably great power" is presently in "the church, which is his body" functioning on earth today! The key to operating this power in the church is the believers knowing and understanding what is going on! Their past is complete, their future is secure, but their present depends on whether or not they have any clue what is going on concerning God's desire to function in time through his people, the church. Knowledge and understanding of the plan and how it is to be executed is essential for completing the assignment. Ignorance guarantees an incomplete experience with the inheritance God has given to us.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"I like your Christ, I do not
like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike
your Christ."
- Mahatma Gandhi





Something to Ponder??

75% of the 3,141 counties in the USA have, at a minimum, eight different Christian denominations.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Katartizo (Gr) - Restore (Eng) - the Greek word katartizo is a technical Greek medical term for setting a fractured bone. It describes a dynamic act by which persons or things are properly conditioned. For example, this word is used in these places:

"It was he who gave some to beapostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and
some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare (katartizo) God's people for works of service
so that the body of Christ may be built up." - Ephesians 4:11-12

"If someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore (katartizo) that
person gently." - Galatians 6:1

  The colonnade around the Temple Mount called Solomon's Colonnade was 50 feet wide and had a ceiling lined with carved cedar wood with perfect joints supported by two rows of columns and the outer wall of the temple. The ceiling was supported by attached to beams that sat on the top of the two rows of pillars: One row of columns ran down the middle and the other row on the inside towards the temple courts. The outer wall supported the pillars on the other end with pockets cut into the blocks of the wall. A series of these sockets that are 19 inches square about 30 feet high that supported the beams can still be seen in the north wall of the Temple Mount which also served as the south wall of Fort Antonia. (image here and here)
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Do I pray for spiritual insight and understanding of scripture?
I will study the Word of God to gain understanding of who I am in Christ and
how God plans to use the believers in the church today.
  "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."
Proverbs 17:22
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Romans 16 Acts 5-6
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For favor with people Christ-like attitudes
and actions
USA and Israel relationship Tanzania
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
Larry holds up a block of salt from the Dead Sea while Galyn floats effortlessly in the salt saturated water. (click on image for larger size) A page from Codex Sinaiticus copied in 350 AD showing
Mark 16 and the gap that was left for the final verses, but without the final verses. Click here to see original.
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