Ephesians 1:13-14 (NLT)
13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. 14 The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.
Paul tells the Gentiles they are saved by Jesus Christ. Those who believe in Christ are given the Holy Spirit to live and dwell within them. The Holy Spirit is a promise, a guarantee of our eternal life with God. We were all made to praise and glorify God, but because of the salvation we were given it should motivate us even more.
There once was a Japanese emperor who commissioned an artist to render a painting of a bird. After several years the artist had not delivered a painting so the emperor went to the artist and demanded an explanation. The artist took out a blank canvas and proceeded to paint. In no time the artist had created a masterpiece. Confused, the emperor asked why there had been such a delay when he was able to create such a beautiful piece of work. The artist pulled out armloads of drawings depicting feathers, wings, heads, and feet. The artist explained he could not complete the painting until all of the pieces were properly made and they could come together into a single painting. God said we were predestined to be conformed to the image of His son. The artist in our life is the Holy Spirit who leads us to spiritual maturity and growth. We are transformed bit by bit from pieces of God’s love and perfection until the day where we are complete. Our transformation takes patience and time to complete and not until we enter into the holy presence of God’s kingdom will the work be finished. One day we will be like the image of Christ, a completed masterpiece of God’s work. Praise God for Jesus whose death on the cross brought us life. Praise Him for His holy spirit who transforms us into the likeness of Christ.