â€œTo the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.â€ (Ephesians 1:6)
by Henry Morris III, Div.M.
The high priest of Israel wore the inscription â€œholiness to the LORDâ€ to illustrate to all who obeyed God that they were â€œaccepted before the LORDâ€ (Exodus 28:36-38). Joshua, as a type of all believers, was granted â€œplaces to walkâ€ in the courts of God (Zechariah 3:7). Christâ€™s disciples were commanded to â€œaskâ€ the Father for â€œwhatsoever,â€ since they were chosen and ordained to â€œbring forth fruitâ€ (John 15:16). We have permission to â€œask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto youâ€ (Matthew 7:7).
But there is more! Not only are we accepted, we are â€œsealed with that holy Spirit of promiseâ€ (Ephesians 1:13), an â€œearnest [down payment, deposit] of our inheritanceâ€ (v. 14). We are â€œstablishe[d] . . . anointed . . . sealedâ€ (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).
We are â€œconfirmedâ€ in everything (1 Corinthians 1:4-8), consecrated and sanctified to serve (Exodus 28:41; 1 John 2:27), and given the â€œearnest of the Spiritâ€ (2 Corinthians 5:5) to empower our ministry.
The Holy Spirit does His work through a threefold ministry in our lives. He will work on Christâ€™s behalf, through our witness, to bring conviction to those not yet in Christ (John 16:7-11). He will also minister to us as the teacher of our spirits to guide us into all truth (John 16:13; 14:17, 26; 15:26).
Furthermore, the wisdom, prudence, and knowledge of God are revealed to us through His work in us (1 Corinthians 2:9-10). All that is necessary for our â€œeffectual workingâ€ (Ephesians 3:7) is â€œgracedâ€ to us so that we can â€œwork out [our] salvationâ€ (Philippians 2:12). We are â€œcomplete in himâ€ (Colossians 2:10). HMM III