Ephesians 1:14
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New International Version
who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession--to the praise of his glory.

New Living Translation
The Spirit is God's guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.

English Standard Version
who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

Berean Study Bible
The Spirit is the pledge of our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession, to the praise of His glory.

Berean Literal Bible
who is the guarantee of our inheritance to the redemption of the acquired possession, to the praise of His glory.

New American Standard Bible
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.

King James Bible
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He is the down payment of our inheritance, for the redemption of the possession, to the praise of His glory.

International Standard Version
who is the guarantee of our inheritance until God redeems his own possession for his praise and glory.

NET Bible
who is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of his glory.

New Heart English Bible
who is a pledge of our inheritance, to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of his glory.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Who is the pledge of our inheritance for the redemption of those who are living and for the glory of his honor.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This Holy Spirit is the guarantee that we will receive our inheritance. We have this guarantee until we are set free to belong to him. God receives praise and glory for this.

New American Standard 1977
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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
which is the earnest of our inheritance unto the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

King James 2000 Bible
Who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

American King James Version
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of his glory.

American Standard Version
which is an earnest of our inheritance, unto the redemption of God's own possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who is the pledge of our inheritance, unto the redemption of acquisition, unto the praise of his glory.

Darby Bible Translation
who is [the] earnest of our inheritance to the redemption of the acquired possession to [the] praise of his glory.

English Revised Version
which is an earnest of our inheritance, unto the redemption of God's own possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Webster's Bible Translation
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of his glory.

Weymouth New Testament
that Spirit being a pledge and foretaste of our inheritance, in anticipation of its full redemption--the inheritance which He has purchased to be specially His for the extolling of His glory.

World English Bible
who is a pledge of our inheritance, to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of his glory.

Young's Literal Translation
which is an earnest of our inheritance, to the redemption of the acquired possession, to the praise of His glory.
Study Bible
Spiritual Blessings
13And in Him you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, having heard and believed the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. 14The Spirit is the pledge of our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession, to the praise of His glory. 15For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,…
Cross References
Acts 20:28
Keep watch over yourselves and the entire flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood.

Acts 20:32
And now I commit you to God and to the word of His grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all who are sanctified.

1 Corinthians 1:30
It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God: our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.

2 Corinthians 1:22
placed His seal on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a pledge of what is to come.

Ephesians 1:6
to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the Beloved One.

Ephesians 1:7
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace,

Ephesians 1:11
In Him we were also chosen as God's own, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything by the counsel of His will,

Ephesians 1:12
in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, would be for the praise of His glory.
Treasury of Scripture

Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of his glory.

the earnest.

Romans 8:15-17,23 For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but …

2 Corinthians 1:22 Who has also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

2 Corinthians 5:5 Now he that has worked us for the selfsame thing is God, who also …

Galatians 4:6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son …

the redemption.

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed to …

Leviticus 25:24 And in all the land of your possession you shall grant a redemption …

Psalm 74:2 Remember your congregation, which you have purchased of old; the …

Psalm 78:54 And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, even to this …

Jeremiah 32:7,8 Behold, Hanameel the son of Shallum your uncle shall come to you …

Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift …

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock, over the …

Romans 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits …

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

into. See on ver.

Ephesians 1:6,12 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted …

(14) Which is the earnest of our inheritance.--On the word "earnest" (arrhabn), a precious gift, as surety for a fuller gift hereafter, see 2Corinthians 1:22. The word "inheritance" has a correspondent meaning. It is a present possession (as in Acts 7:5), which shall be developed into a more precious future. "We are very members, incorporate in the mystical body of Christ, and also heirs through hope of His everlasting kingdom."

Until the redemption of the purchased possession.--The "redemption" here is the complete and final salvation from sin and death (as in Romans 8:23). The original word here rendered "purchased possession" properly means "the act of purchase or acquisition," and is so used in 1Thessalonians 5:9; 2Thessalonians 2:14; Hebrews 10:39. But it seems clear that it is here used (in the sense of our version) with that confusion of idea, common in English, though rare in Greek, under which the result of an action is understood instead of the action itself, so that the word "purchases" is used for "things purchased," "acquisitions" for "things acquired" and the like. The transition is marked in relation to this same word in Malachi 3:17; 1Peter 2:9, where the Israelites are spoken of as "a people for acquisition," that is, as a people acquired or purchased.

Verse 14. - Who is the earnest of our inheritance. The gift of the Spirit is not only a seal, but an earnest, firstfruit, or installment, a pledge that the rest shall follow. The seal of the Spirit not only assures us of the full inheritance to come, but gives us a right conception of its nature. It shows us the kind of provision God makes for those whom he takes as his heritage, his peculiar people. It is an inward heaven the Spirit brings them. "The kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost." The full inheritance will consist in a heart in full sympathy with God, and in those occupations and joys, intellectual and moral, which are most congenial to such a heart. Unto the redemption of the purchased possession. The until of the A.V. is not textual, and does not give the force of εἰς, which implies that the earnest of the Spirit is a contribution toward the result described; it tends to realize it. "Redemption" here is not quite equivalent to "redemption" in ver. 7; for there it is a thing accomplished, here it is a thing to come. It is obvious that here the meaning is the completed redemption - the full and final deliverance of the Lord's heritage from all sin and sorrow, from all the evils and disorders of this life. The term περιποιήσις, translated" purchased possession," is an unusual one. But its resemblance to περιούσιος, the Septuagint rendering for "a special people;" its use by Peter, λαὸς περιποίησεως, "a peculiar people;" the use of the verb ἐκκλησίαν τοῦ Θεοῦ η}ν περιεποιήσατο διὰ τοῦ αἵματος αὐτου, "the Church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood;" - show that it must be regarded in this place as denoting the special, own, purchased possession of God, whose final glory is so often presented to our thoughts in this Epistle. To the praise of his glory. For the third time in this paragraph, these or similar words are introduced. In this place the precise meaning is that the consummation of redemption will be the highest tribute to God's glory - his infinite excellence will be wonderfully manifested thereby. Neither men nor angels are qualified to apprehend the glorious excellence of God in an abstract way; it needs to be revealed, exhibited in acts and operations. The teaching of this verse is that it will be manifested with triumphant brightness in the final redemption of the Church, when the groans of nature shall come to an end, and the creation shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into "the glorious liberty of the sons of God" (Romans 8:21). Which is the earnest of our inheritance,.... The incorruptible and never fading one in heaven, or the heavenly kingdom; this is the Father's gift, his bequest, and belongs only to children; it comes to them through the death of the testator, Christ, and is for ever; and of this the Spirit of God is the pledge and earnest: an earnest, is what confirms an agreement, and assures the right to the thing agreed to, and is a part of it, and lesser than it, and is never returned; so the Spirit of God certifies the right to the heavenly inheritance, as well as gives a meetness for it; he is the firstfruits of eternal glory and happiness, and of the same kind with it; and as he is enjoyed in measure by the saints now, is lesser than the communion which they shall have with him, and with the Father, and the Son, hereafter, for the best things are reserved till last; and being once given into the heart as an earnest, he always continues, he never removes more, or is ever taken away:

until the redemption of the purchased possession, or "of the peculiar people"; see 1 Peter 2:9, for this is not to be understood of heaven, which is never said to be purchased, nor can it with any propriety be said to be redeemed; but of saints, of the church of God, who are bought with a price, and are purchased with his blood; and who, as they were redeemed from sin, Satan, and the law, when they were purchased, so will be redeemed again in the resurrection morn, which is called the day of redemption, Ephesians 4:30, and which will be a redemption of them from the weakness, corruption, and mortality of the body; from their present state of absence and pilgrimage; from the body of sin and death; from all sorrows and afflictions, both inward and outward; from the reproaches and persecutions of men; from a tempting devil, and an unbelieving heart; from all doubts and fears; and from death and the grave; and so the Syriac version very justly renders it, "until the redemption of them that are saved". Now till such time, the Spirit of God abides as an earnest, even until the whole felicity is enjoyed both in soul and body; and this shows the perpetuity of the Spirit's inhabitation, and grace, the final perseverance of the saints, and the security of the inheritance to them.

Unto the praise of his glory; as to the glory of the Father, by whom the saints are chosen and predestinated, Ephesians 1:6 and to the glory of the Son, by whom they are redeemed, in whom they obtain the inheritance, and in whom they trust, Ephesians 1:12, so to the glory of the Holy Spirit, by whom they are sealed, and who is their earnest; for he must have his share of glory in the salvation of the elect, as well as the other two persons. 14. earnest—the first instalment paid as a pledge that the rest will follow (Ro 8:23; 2Co 1:22).

until—rather, "Unto the redemption," etc.; joined thus, "ye were sealed (Eph 1:13) unto," that is, for the purpose of and against, the accomplishment of "the redemption," namely, not the redemption in its first stage, made by the blood of Christ, which secures our title, but, in its final completion, when the actual possession shall be ours, the full "redemption of the body" (Ro 8:23), as well as of the soul, from every infirmity (Eph 4:30). The deliverance of the creature (the body, and the whole visible creation) from the bondage of corruption, and from the usurping prince of this world, into the glorious liberty of the children of God (Ro 8:21-23; 2Pe 3:13).

of the purchased possession—God's people purchased ("acquired," Greek) as His peculiar (Greek) possession by the blood of Christ (Ac 20:28). We value highly that which we pay a high price for; so God, His Church (Eph 5:25, 26; 1Pe 1:18; 2:9; "my special treasure," Mal 3:17, Margin).1:9-14 Blessings were made known to believers, by the Lord's showing to them the mystery of his sovereign will, and the method of redemption and salvation. But these must have been for ever hidden from us, if God had not made them known by his written word, preached gospel, and Spirit of truth. Christ united the two differing parties, God and man, in his own person, and satisfied for that wrong which caused the separation. He wrought, by his Spirit, those graces of faith and love, whereby we are made one with God, and among ourselves. He dispenses all his blessings, according to his good pleasure. His Divine teaching led whom he pleased to see the glory of those truths, which others were left to blaspheme. What a gracious promise that is, which secures the gift of the Holy Ghost to those who ask him! The sanctifying and comforting influences of the Holy Spirit seal believers as the children of God, and heirs of heaven. These are the first-fruits of holy happiness. For this we were made, and for this we were redeemed; this is the great design of God in all that he has done for us; let all be ascribed unto the praise of his glory.
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