Welcome to Day 2 in our Hope is Here Bible Study. This study was originally developed for my church, The Father’s House, in Rochester, New York. Check out the Hope is Here message series at http://www.tfhny.org.
Day 2 – The Promises of Adoption
We all love guarantees. I recently bought shoes from a local running store. The sales person told me that they have a 100% satisfaction guarantee for every pair of shoes they sell. She declared that within the first 30 days I could return my shoes, regardless of condition for any reason, no questions asked. The guarantee gave me a lot of confidence as I walked out of the store.
In today’s reading we encounter several guarantees for those who choose to follow Jesus. In yesterday’s passage we learned that those who follow Jesus are adopted into the family of God and have all the rights and blessings of a child in that spiritual family. Paul takes things one step further in the verses we read today… He lays out a series of promises that are “sealed” with a guarantee that we can hold on to when all else fails.
This guarantee, however, unlike the 30-day guarantee at the shoe store, has no limits. There is no expiration date for this guarantee. It is 100% guaranteed, for all time, regardless of what happens. This is the kind of deal that should compel us to walk out into the world with tremendous confidence.
As you read these verses, look for how many guaranteed promises you can identify.
READ – Ephesians 1:11-14
11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,
12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.
13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
REFLECT – Take a moment to answer the following questions in a journal or the notes app on your phone… and then leave a comment below about what you learned.
- Question 1: Describe the inheritance you have as a member of God’s family.
- Question 2: What does this passage teach us about Jesus Christ?
- Question 3: When does the guarantee expire?
RESPOND – As we continue our “Hope is Here” series at church on Sunday, we will be exploring what it means to be a good neighbor according to the Bible. Take a moment to jot down a few thoughts about how we can be great neighbors as a result of the guarantees we learned about in today’s reading.
Leave a comment below and share what you are learning.