Vs. 14 "Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory."
Now, we want to consider the other two phrases in the text, "The redemption of the purchased possession, "and" Unto the praise of His glory."
First, "Until the redemption of the purchased possession," Earnest payment has been made, and this payment speaks of a time when the final payment will be made, and the transaction will be complete.
Let us never lose sight of the glorious fact, THERE IS A REAL SENSE IN WHICH OUR REDEMPTION IS COMPLETE, EVERY ASPECT OF IT BEING A FINISHED WORK, thus it is, Paul says, that Christ, "...entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption or us" (Heb. 9:12). Redemption has been perfectly accomplished by Christ for every covenant son, and nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. This is what Paul has in mind when he says to the Ephesians, "Ye were sealed" (Vs. 13). The "seal" speaks of ownership and ownership means price fully paid.
Phil. 1:6 "Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." The original good in our realization of the eternal redemption which Christ has purchased for us is, regeneration, the second good work is, sanctification, and the glorification of the, believer's, wherein the physical body is raised from the grave incorruptible, the final experience. It is in glorification that redemption becomes complete in the believer's experience.
From the Divine side, redemption of the elect is eternally
complete, from the human side there is the necessity of Holy Spirit
regeneration, sanctification, and glorification. So, there is a
sense wherein our redemption is complete, and a senses wherein it is
1. David at this time is the undisputed king, who determined that
Mephibosheth live in the palace with him. Mephibosheth knows nothing
of the king's intentions. "Elect according to the foreknowledge of
3. Mephibosheth was lame in both feet helpless and despicable. "No man can come to me, except the Father which sent me draw him." (John 6:44). "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly" (Ro. 5:6).
4. David sends for Mephibosheth. Mephibosheth had neither, the will, nor the ability to come to David. He was "fetched out of his house." Psa. 110:3 "Thy people shall be willing in the day of Thy power..." Isa. 40:11 "…He shall gather the lambs with His am, and carry then in His bosom..."
5. Mephibosheth is brought to the king's house, and is given a place at the king's table, and is treated as "one of the king's sons." He is given a great inheritance I John 3:1 "Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God..."
Mephibosheth is a type of every believer, Elected by God, redeemed by Christ, brought by the Holy Spirit. In the bringing of the elect unto God, they are regenerated, sanctified, and glorified. The soul and spirit of every believer has. experienced regeneration, and presently experiencing sanctification. But Christ in His passion also redeemed the body and when our bodies are raised from the grave at the resurrection of the just or, if yet living, changed at the rapture, then we will have realized the full and complete redemption which Christ purchased for us.
"Unto the praise of His glory," This phrase speaks of the glorified saints praising the infinite magnificence of God. Beholding His excellence, we will then without variation glory in the Lord. In the meantime, in the interim between now and our glorification let us strive with all of our might to bring glory to Him who has made us His "purchased possession."
Vs. 15 "Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord
Jesus, and love unto all the saints.
The Ephesian saints were manifestly the objects of God's love and grace; this is seen in their being sealed by the Holy Spirit. The "seal" as we said before, speaks of God's loving ownership, arid vested authority. The Ephesian church was well versed in doctrine, this is seen from the deep doctrinal truth mentioned in the first 14 verses of chapter one. They were a missionary church; this is seen in their "love for all saints." In view of these two characteristics of the Ephesian church, Paul's heart swelled up with gratitude toward God for them. They had attained to great heights on God's mountain of grace, and Paul writes to encourage them to keep keeping on in the good fight of faith. Their faith in God gave birth to their love for all of God's people.
4. Also, we note Paul knows what to be thankful for, he is thankful for their love and faith.