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, 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.
Even though it was 21 years ago, I remember it like it was yesterday. I was nervous in the mall trying to pick it out, even more nervous as I waited for her to finish the scavenger hunt I had sent her on, and an absolute wreck as she walked into the room where I presented it to her. I could barely get through the song I had written for her that ended with the line: “Here’s my heart, in my hand, a ring for you, a commitment that will stand, say you will.” I got down on one knee asking Melissa to commit to marry me and presenting a ring that pledged to her that I would marry her. It was little over a year later that I presented her again with a ring that pledged a lifelong commitment to continually give up my life for her as her husband. Our lives were sealed in an unbreakable bond.
Those of us who have responded to the truth of the gospel by giving up our lives in a trusting commitment to our Lord have received a similar, yet more unbreakable, pledge. While my commitment to Melissa is based on a human pledge, the unchanging God Himself has signed, sealed and will deliver on His promise to us. We did not receive a gold ring but something far more precious, the Holy Spirit. I don’t know about your wedding ring, but mine just sits on my hand serving no other purpose than a visual representation of my commitment. The Holy Spirit on the other hand is a living, breathing person who is active in the life of the believer. In Him, we have a taste of our final redemption. What a gift! Top that De Beers!
While I enjoy an amazing marriage with Melissa based upon the pledge we made so many years ago, it is nothing compared to the inheritance He has waiting for us both. We are His possession, and one day that will be crystal clear when God’s redemption is fully accomplished in the ultimate, final removal of all sin from the believer. As with all of the blessings we've seen in Ephesians 1, let us not forget that this too is not ultimately about us. It is about Him. It is all for His glory.
May we view our lives today as richly blessed by God because He has pledged to us an inheritance beyond imagining by giving us the Holy Spirit.