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Ephesians 1:14

    Ephesians 1:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Which is the first-fruit of our heritage, till God gets back that which is his, to the praise of his glory.

    Webster's Revision

    which is an earnest of our inheritance, unto the redemption of God's own possession, unto the praise 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.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Definitions for Ephesians 1:14

    Earnest - A pledge.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ephesians 1:14

    Which is the earnest of our inheritance - This Holy Spirit, sealing the soul with truth and righteousness, is the earnest, foretaste, and pledge of the heavenly inheritance. And he who can produce this earnest - this witness of the Spirit, in the day of judgment, shall have an abundant entrance into the holiest. On the αρῥαβων, or earnest, see the notes on Genesis 38:17 (note), etc., and on 2 Corinthians 1:22 (note).

    The redemption of the purchased possession - That is, till the time when body and soul are redeemed from all their miseries, and glorified in the kingdom on heaven.

    The redemption of the purchased possession - Απολυτρωσις της περιποιησεως is variously understood; and indeed the original is variously translated. Dr. Whitby has observed that the verb πεειποιειν signifies to save alive; and he refers the περιποιησις, here, to the redemption of the body from corruption, and to its final glorification with the soul.

    All those who believe in Christ Jesus are considered as his peculiar people and property, and to them eternal glory is promised. The Spirit of promise, which is given them, is a pledge that they shall have a resurrection from the dead, and eternal blessedness; the redemption, or bringing to life of the body, cannot take place till the day of judgment, but the Holy Spirit promises this redemption, and is now in their hearts an earnest or pledge of this complete restoration at the great day, which will then be, in an especial manner, to the praise of his glory, viz. of Christ, who has bought them by his blood.

    Barnes' Notes on Ephesians 1:14

    Which is the earnest of our inheritance - On the meaning of this, see the notes at 2 Corinthians 1:22.

    Until the redemption - see the notes at Romans 8:23. The meaning here is, we have the Holy Spirit as the pledge that that shall be ours, and the Holy Spirit will be imparted to us until we enter on that inheritance.

    Of the purchased possession - Heaven, purchased for us by the death of the Redeemer. The word used here - περιποίησις peripoiēsis - occurs in the following places in the New Testament: 1 Thessalonians 5:9, rendered "to obtain salvation;" 2 Thessalonians 2:14, "to the obtaining of the glory of the Lord;" Hebrews 10:39, "to the saving of the soul;" 1 Peter 2:9, "a peculiar people;" literally, a people of "acquirement" to himself; and in the passage before us. It properly means, an acquisition, an obtaining, a laying up. Here it means, the complete deliverance from sin, and the eternal salvation "acquired" for us by Christ. The influence of the Holy Spirit, renewing and sanctifying us, comforting us in trials, and sustaining us in afflictions, is the pledge that the redemption is yet to be wholly ours.

    Unto the praise of his glory - see Ephesians 1:6.

    Wesley's Notes on Ephesians 1:14

    1:14 Who, thus sealing us, is an earnest - Both a pledge and a foretaste of our inheritance. Till the redemption of the purchased possession - Till the church, which he has purchased with his own blood, shall be fully delivered from all sin and sorrow, and advanced to everlasting glory. To the praise of his glory - Of his glorious wisdom, power, and mercy.