The Earnest of Our Inheritance
A Sermon on Ephesians 1:14Read more
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.
Additional Scripture Translations
Ephesians 1:14, New American Standard Bible
14who is a first installment of our inheritance, in regard to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.
Ephesians 1:14, King James Version
14Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.