Sermon outline: This is an abbreviated outline with the complete sermon downloadable at the bottom of the post.
Text: Ephesians 1:13-14
Title: The Earnest of the Spirit
Introduction: In Ephesians 1 we see the doctrine of the Trinity. Each name of God teaches us something different about His character and in each one we receive a different benefit. Names are important. Your name is important—protect it.
There are three aspects of Christ’s riches that we enjoy in the Holy Spirit.
I. The Word and the Spirit v. 13
A. The Word of God results in faith
B. The Spirit of God Results in Security
II. Salvation and the Spirit v. 13
A. Heard the Word
B. Believed in Christ
C. Sealed by the Spirit
III. The Promise and the Spirit
A. Jesus promised the Holy Spirit
B. It results in power
C. It results in the praise of His glory
The Word and the Spirit—the Bible and the Holy Spirit work together.
Salvation and the Spirit—the Holy Spirit’s part of salvation is to “seal it.”
The Promise and the Spirit—results in power, results in praise for His name!
Illustration: In the 1930s, millionaire John D. Rockefeller used to dress up in a suit and a top hat and have his picture taken giving some poor boy a dime. A dime was a lot of money in those days. It would be the equivalent of $10 today. But even so, the most that could be said of Rockefeller is that he was giving out of the abundance of his riches. However, if he had gone to one of those boys and purchased for him a mansion in the country, given him a trust fund, maybe a limousine, then it could be said that he was giving according to his riches.
Illustration: Dr. Stanley Livingston, the great explorer and missionary, had a medical condition that required him to drink goat’s milk every day. He was visited one day by a tribal king and he noticed that the king was eyeing his goat. Livingston felt that God would want him to give the goat as a gift to the king. So he did. And, in return, the king presented him with the staff he was carrying.
Later that day, Livingston confided to a friend, “I don’t know what I was thinking. How could I have been so foolish as to give my goat away. I don’t know what I shall do with this stick.”
His friend replied, “You don’t understand. That isn’t a stick. It is a scepter. You don’t own just one goat anymore; you own all the goats in the tribe.”
Guess what? You have been given a scepter; you are infinitely rich! And you have been walking around thinking it’s just a stick.