Eph.1:13,14 – And because of him, when you who are not Jews heard the revelation of truth, you believed in the wonderful news of salvation. Now we have been stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit. He is given to us like an engagement ring is given to a bride, as the first installment of what’s coming! He is our hope-promise of a future inheritance which seals us until we have all of redemption’s promises and experience complete freedom—all for the supreme glory and honor of God!
THIS IS JUST A TASTE…
I was recently reading a sermon from Jonathan Edwards where he was describing heaven. To make a long story short, Edwards was saying that heaven is an eternal unveiling of the infinite love of God. He described it as sort of an eternal exploration of His goodness. To someone who has never tasted the goodness of God that concept is irrelevant. To those who have been filled with His Spirit and have tasted of His love it is the most amazing of all promises. Paul describes this promise, the promise of the Father in today’s passage. He said the Holy Spirit is a foretaste of our eternal inheritance. Often times when someone is baptized in the Spirit there is an overwhelming sense of being loved resulting in a surprising dose of unspeakable joy. Here is how John Piper describes Edwards’ view of heaven.
“Heaven will be a never-ending, ever-increasing discovery of more and more of God’s glory with greater and ever-greater joy in him. If God’s glory and our joy in him are one, and yet we are not infinite as he is, then our union with him in the all-satisfying experience of his glory can never be complete, but must be increasing with “intimacy and intensity forever and ever. The perfection of heaven is not static. Nor do we see at once all there is to see—for that would be a limit on God’s glorious self-revelation, and therefore, his love. Yet we do not become God. Therefore, there will always be more, and the end of increased pleasure in God will never come.”
It will be impossible to ever tire of infinite and eternal love. God’s glory is past finding out. The infilling of the Holy Spirit is our promise and guarantee of our amazing inheritance which we call heaven. It is nearer and more real than we know, we taste the edge of it now but fullness is just around the corner.