The Earnest of Our Inheritance
A Sermon on Ephesians 1:14
who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. (ESV)
As Christians anticipate heaven, the most glorious reality will be seeing our Lord face to face. Until that day, what is the connection between the heavenly reality that awaits us and our Christian life now? According to the Apostle Paul, it is the work of the Holy Spirit as the pledge or guarantee of our future inheritance that connects the future with the present. As Martyn Lloyd-Jones labors to explain the Apostle’s words, he argues that the translation “earnest” fits the context of Paul’s teaching better. This much more richer term communicates the guarantee or pledge, but it also speaks of an installment. The Christian, says the Doctor, has a glimpse or foretaste of heaven through the work of the Holy Spirit! While we do not fully see Christ in this life, we should be encouraged that we do indeed see Him – even if only as through a mirror dimly. Lloyd-Jones in this sermon challenges us to share in Christ’s life now by pursuing holiness, purity, peace, and love. Wonderfully, when we do this we taste what righteousness will be like for us in the future.