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.

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4 thoughts on “The Promises of Adoption – Hope is Here Study (Day 2)

  1. Reviewing the tremendous love and sure promises of God in Jesus refreshed gratitude in me today. God has given such great gift to us! I need to stay fresh in thankfulness. How to be a great neighbor? Share the ‘word of truth’, the good news of salvation in a way that rightly reflects this love and victory freely given to anyone who would believe.

  2. Question 1: Describe the inheritance you have as a member of God’s family
    We are promised eternal life, freedom from the presence of sin and death
    Question 2: What does this passage teach us about Jesus Christ?
    That we can be sure of this promise because he his the guarantee. And promise or guarantee is only as strong as the entity making the promise. You could have life insurance but if the company holding your policy goes out of businesses then your promise of life insurance is voided. But when Jesus makes this promise, who has sealed it with his own blood we can be sure without any doubt that this promise will be fulfilled.
    Question 3: When does the guarantee expire?
    A guarantee expires when the promise is fulfilled or executed. Our promise of eternal life with Christ will be executed when he calls us home. When he will redeem up completely – we exchange these mortal shells we live in for a incorruptible body!

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