Sunday, May 24, 2015

blessed assurance...

photograph by Rita Moenck
Rita Moenck posted this amazing photograph on our Artful Story--Journaling Facebook page with these comments: I sat down this morning, and was praising God for His many blessings (specifics would be a long story!)...As I turned to pick up my cup of coffee, I glanced out the window and saw this...It certainly did take away a breath or two! Felt like God winked at me...those unexpected "winks" give me such breathtaking, "blessed assurance!"

I remembered this incredible photograph, and Rita’s comments, as I was listening to this wonderful new live recording of
Blessed Assurance by Third DayBlessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of His Spirit, washed in His blood. This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day-long; This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day-long. Perfect submission, all is at rest, I in my Savior am happy and blest, watching and waiting, looking above, filled with His goodness, lost in His love…How grateful we are for the finished work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and our daily relationship with Him, the foretaste of glory divine, the guarantee of our inheritance...our blessed assurance...my heart is drawn back to Ephesians Chapter One for a word study of the word, guarantee, from Ephesians 1:13-14...

Amplified:
In Him you also who have heard the Word of Truth, the glad tidings (Gospel) of your salvation, and have believed in and adhered to and relied on Him, were stamped with the seal of the long-promised Holy Spirit. That [Spirit] is the guarantee of our inheritance [the first-fruits, the pledge and foretaste, the down payment on our heritage], in anticipation of its full redemption and our acquiring [complete] possession of it—to the praise of His glory.

Barclay: And it was in Christ that it was determined that you, too, should become the means whereby God’s glory is praised, after you had heard the word which brings the truth, the good news of your salvation—that good news, in which, after you had come to believe, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit, who had been promised to you, the Spirit Who is the foretaste and guarantee of all that one day we will inherit, until we enter into that complete redemption which brings complete possession.

NET: And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation)—when you believed in Christ—you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit, who is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of his glory.

NIV: 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, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

Phillips: And you too trusted him, when you heard the message of truth, the Gospel of your salvation. And after you gave your confidence to him you were, so to speak, stamped with the promised Holy Spirit as a guarantee of purchase, until the day when God completes the redemption of what he has paid for as his own; and that will again be to the praise of his glory.

Young's Literal: 
in whom ye also, having heard the word of the truth--the good news of your salvation--in whom also having believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of the promise,  which is an earnest of our inheritance, to the redemption of the acquired possession, to the praise of His glory.

Wuest: in whom also, as for you, having heard the word of the truth, the good news of your salvation, in whom also having believed, you were sealed with the Spirit of the promise, the Holy Spirit, Who is the token payment of our inheritance guaranteeing the full payment of all, looking forward to the redemption of the possession which is being preserved with a view to the praise of His glory.

Guarantee, pledge (arrabon) is the payment of part of a purchase price in advance. Literally was a legal and commercial technical term, representing an advance transaction that guarantees the validity of a contract or a full purchase price. The corresponding modern term is "earnest money," "down payment," installment or deposit that guarantees full amount will be paid. The Greek word arrabon denotes the first payment or first installment of money or goods which serves as a guarantee or pledge for the completion of the transaction. The term is used only figuratively of the Holy Spirit as the down payment of the blessings promised by God. In the New Testament, this has been described as "already - not yet"... the possession of the Spirit now by believers ("already") can be viewed as a guarantee that God will give them the balance of the promised blessings in the future ("not yet"). One form of arrabon was used for an engagement ring...God's bestowal of His Spirit is our irrevocable pledge, "divine engagement ring," giving us blessed assurance in Christ. In the New Testament, arrabon is used only in a figurative sense and is used to describe the Holy Spirit Who the Father has given to believers in this present life to assure them of their future and eternal inheritance. God gives us the Holy Spirit as the down payment or earnest of the full blessing of our future redemption. In one sense, we have been redeemed by the blood of Christ. But, in another sense, our redemption is not complete until we get to heaven. Right now we can begin to enjoy the inheritance that is ours in Christ. But it’s just a foretaste of future glory. We don’t get the complete inheritance until we go to heaven. What Paul is saying is that the experience of the Holy Spirit which we have in this world is a foretaste of the blessedness of heaven; and it is the guarantee for our future.

Arthur Lewis, an expert in biblical Greek, was walking along the streets of Athens. Accompanying him was a professor who teaches Greek. They stopped occasionally to read the signs in shop windows. As they gazed into a jewelry store, they saw a sign with the word arrabon on it. When they entered and talked to the proprietor, he told them that in modern Greek the word arrabon means "an engagement ring." The Greek professor thought for a moment, then commented, "How interesting! In the New Testament that's the term for 'a guarantee, a down payment.'" Now the Spirit lives in us to give us guidance and power to live for God. But someday we'll have even more: We will live in the very presence of God. With joyful anticipation we await that day—for our future is guaranteed—blessed assurance!

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of His Spirit, washed in His blood. This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day-long; This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day-long. Perfect submission, all is at rest, I in my Savior am happy and blest, watching and waiting, looking above, filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

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43 comments:

  1. I love to do word studies too. Glad that you were my neighbor today. Blessings to you!

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    1. Thank you Mari-Anna...many blessings to you ❤️

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  2. This is one of my favorite hymns. Thank you for your detailed eye of the Scriptures. Visiting your from #playdateswithgod.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, I so agree with you about that hymn ❤️

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  3. Thanks for sharing this beautiful photo and your thoughts.

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    1. Phyllis, I so appreciate your encouraging comments ❤️

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  4. Bless you dear Beth for your scholarly posts...your efforts are appreciated !!

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    1. Thank you, Mary, many blessings to you ❤️

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  5. Beth, wonderful word study. Or maybe it was just appropriate as today is my 36th wedding anniversary :) I loved thinking about how an engagement ring is the promise of what is yet to come. So glad we were neighbors this morning at Testimony Tuesday! Have a great Tuesday!

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    1. Joanne, your sweet comments are so encouraging to me ... Thank you for taking time to share your heart with me ❤️

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  6. Beautiful! The photo is a glimpse of God's glory and the words of the song are a promise. Thank you as always for digging deeper and giving us greater insight.

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    1. Mary, I look forward to your comments every week...you are a blessing from the Lord ❤️

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    2. Thank you for blessing The Weekend Brew community with this beautiful post.

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  7. Beth- Third Day's "Blessed Assurance" is one of my favorites, too. I love the photo and how it's such a great illustration of His promise of what's to come. I love the "divine engagement ring" analogy, also. Great study, friend! Keep up the good work- it's encouraging others!

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    1. Thank you so much, Karen! You are a wonderful encourager ❤️

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  8. Hi there Beth. So glad we're neighbors today at #RaRaLinkup. I'm blessed by your desire to delve into God's Word. I smiled when I saw your title because just this morning I was singing that hymn to myself! Will have to give Third Day a listen! That photo IS awesome.

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    1. Thank you, Betsy, many blessings to you ❤️

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  9. AMEN! Claiming the truths once again for myself ... and choosing to praise right here, right now.

    Thanks, Beth! Have a good one ...

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    1. Thank you, Linda, for your sweet words of affirmation ❤️

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  10. Blessed to be your neighbor at the Inspire Me Monday linkup. Such a cool post to read...especially after the hymn I picked for our gathering hymn this coming Sunday is "Blessed Assurance." :)

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    1. Thank you, Tara, many blessings to you ❤️

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  11. What a beautiful thread of encouragement. This too is one of my favorite hymns.

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comments, Sonya, many blessings to you!

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  12. Love both the old and new versions of that song! Thanks for your thoughtful words today!

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    1. Thank you, Carol, I so agree with you about that special hymn ❤️

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  13. I adore that song. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Kaylie, I so agree with you, many blessings ❤️

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  14. The Amplified Version always blesses me. I saw the shadow on the picture first when I opened up your post and smiled. Beautiful. :)
    Very encouraging!
    Thanks,
    Dawn

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    1. Thank you, Dawn, many blessings to you ❤️

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  15. Thank you for sharing a study of the word guarantee. I liked how you laid it out with the different Bible versions of the verse. The Phillips version I re-read over and over. Especially, "stamped with the promised Holy Spirit as a guarantee of purchase" Guarantee of purchase... That phrasing really stood out of the Holy Spirit sealing Christ's purchase of me through His blood!

    I have always loved the hymn Blessed Assurance. I will have to listen to Third Day's version. I love Third Day!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Karen, thank you so much for your encouraging comments, many blessings to you ❤️

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  16. Oh Beth, Blessed Assurance is one of my favourite hymns. Thank you for sharing this word study with us at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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  17. I always enjoy bumping into you and your blog. This time it's at Sunday Stillness. Blessings on your weekend.

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  18. I'm not sure I knew Third Day has a version of this song. :) I'm going to check that out. Thanks for linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday.

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  19. I love this "arrabon" word and its meaning! I will make a note of this in my Bible for Ephesians 1:13-14. Thank you very much for sharing this rich insight. Thankful that I'm your neighbor this week on Spiritual Sundays because that's why and how I found you.

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  20. I love this hymn! Thanks for linking up at Women With Intention Wednesdays! I look forward to what you will share this week! :)

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    1. Thank you, Jenny! Such a joy to link-up with sweet sisters in Christ at Women With Intention Wednesdays :)

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