Monthly Archives: February 2013

PLEDGE

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, 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.   Ephesians 1:13-14  

Our word today is found in three Scripture references.  Each is a reference to the Spirit of God being given to those that believe the gospel of Jesus Christ.  [See also 2 Corinthians 1:22 and 5:5]

The term translated here “a pledge” is ἀρραβὼν (arrabōn). It is translated “earnest” in the KJV and “deposit” in the NIV.  It is a term likely borrowed from Phoenician traders to indicate an advance payment that guarantees full payment on delivery.  There also seems to… Continue reading