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Med#11: Sealed..

Because these verses are so packed with stuff – prepositional phrases included – we will break it into 2 sub meds. The first ‘in Him’ reaches all the way to ‘you were sealed’ as its modifyee.

Ephesians 1:13 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..

  1. What does ‘sealed’ invoke in you?

  2. What is the role of the Holy Spirit?

  3. When some scholars refer to Holy Spirit, rather than the Holy Spirit, what are they trying to convey and how are you affected by that language if at all?

  4. The repetition of the pp ‘in Him’: error or emphasis?

Ephesians 1:14 ..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.

Notice the repetition, a well-used tool in not only Paul’s writings, but all the NT authors. See II Peter 1:13 and 3:1. ‘Inheritance’, ‘redemption’, and ‘TTPOHG’ (See Meditation #10) are all repeated in this conclusion of ‘the blessings’.

  1. Are these repetitions necessary?

  2. What do these concluding words say about Holy Spirit?

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