This is broken down into sections so that you can go to the “depth” you are ready for and can circle back at any time and go deeper instead of only leaving a surface level explanation! 🙂 This also means I can make future videos of each devotion since there’s so much meat available here 😀 Enjoy and don’t grow weary with levels that you aren’t quite at yet. God is growing you and is patiently bringing you along to understanding more about Him!
NIV 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
NASB 13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.
Exposition: I want to focus on the words that are bold, underlined, and italicized above. This word, in the original text, is “arrabón.” It means a deposit on a payment, such as a downpayment on a home, a deposit for a purchase, etc. The connotation in greek is that this is a payment which would be to secure the full purchase and is proof they will fully pay for the item purchased or agreement made. This payment would be lost if the purchaser did not fulfill their agreement. For those interested I have included the greek definition and explanation below:
arrabón (ἀρραβών, ῶνος, ὁ): an earnest (a part payment in advance for security)
- an earnest, earnest-money, a large part of the payment, given in advance as a security that the whole will be paid afterwards;
- properly, an installment; a deposit (“down-payment”) which guarantees the balance (the full purchase-price)
- (“down-payment pledge”) is the regular term in NT times for “earnest-money,” i.e. advance-payment that guarantees the rest will be given. This then represents full security backed by the purchaser who supplies sufficient proof they will fulfill the entire pledge (promise).
- common in the papyri for “down payment/earnest money” and hence frequent in business documents and agreements.
Principle: It’s interesting that the Bible is written in Greek which is a very specific language. Their words mean exactly what they are supposed to mean, unlike english which confounds even the wisest of humans lol. In our language things can mean a multitude of things and change over time like the word “cool”. We will discuss this more in a future devotion (it’s truly awesome!). Today we looked at one word here that shows details to our salvation. Some people believe that if you sin you lose your salvation, or if you don’t turn away from your sin well enough (in their standards of course) you lose it. This is because they have logically put together english translations and come to a conclusion. H0wever, the original text (greek) is clear and is the only way we can build doctrinal beliefs like that.
In the text we just read it quite literally means: When we heard and believed the Gospel we were promised by the Holy Spirit that we will receive Christ’s righteousness and redemption. Not just promised, but if God breaches this contract (He purchased us when we agreed to be saved) then He would lose whatever deposit He made for that payment. That means, if we lose our salvation for any reason other than what is defined in the agreement (faith in Christ) then God loses the payment He made: the Holy Spirit. If God loses a part of His being then God no longer remains God. SO, from CORRECT understanding of the original text we can conclude that if we have placed our faith in God He purchased us and after that purchase He guarantees all of our sin has been paid for.
You cannot build your entire theology off of one verse, you have to understand all of the Bible together in it’s original meaning. What does that mean? If you don’t have a full understanding of the Bible you need to loosely hold your “theology” in your hands and if you want to firm up that grip… study. That’s why we need discipleship 😉 We need to work through Scripture and have someone walk alongside us so that when we start to build our view of what it looks like to walk a Christian life there’s someone who has studied more than us and can gently correct things we assume from one section. Discipleship looks like you saying “From this verse I see xyz” and they respond “Correct, and that is affirmed in -insert address here-” or “That may seem to be what it says, but look deeper and see the words that were used, also look into -insert address here- to see what else is said about that.”
Basics: If you have believed that Jesus paid for your sins and have placed your faith in Him then the only place we have to look to for “assurance” of our salvation is in God’s faithfulness. If He is completely faithful and never lies then what He says is true! He says in this verse that He places Himself within us as a promise so believe it. Faith in Christ alone assures us that we are saved, not a lack of sin or an abundance of good deeds. Do not allow the enemy the pleasure of making you nervous when he whispers lies into your ear. He will tell you “you can’t be saved if you did this, that, or another.” When he tries to condemn you remind him what God has spoken: Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. You are almost right satan, I can’t be saved BECAUSE of my actions, but I can be saved in SPITE of my actions. God has taken care of it all and fully knows me. I will stand on His Word alone, not your condemnation which has no power here. James 4:7 says that if I submit myself to the Lord and resist you YOU MUST FLEE!! I stand here in submission to the Lord and declare by His Word that you must flee this place. You and all of your condemning forces must leave in the name of Christ Jesus!
Spend 1 minute thanking God for saving you with such an immovable force you do not need to fear someone tearing it from you by leading you into sin or causing you to stumble. Then spend 2-3 minutes praying for God to help you desire to fully understand this and be drawn to discipleship so that you don’t become easily shaken through the attacks of the enemy. 🙂
Remind a believer that they need not fret over their mistakes, God has paid for it all and promised He has taken care of them! Also, pray and look for an opportunity to tell an unbeliever that they need not become perfect to experience God’s gift, but simply trust in Him… God will take care of the rest!! HALLELUJAH