THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Ephesians 1:9-14 AMP
 He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ,  with regard to the fulfillment of the times [that is, the end of history, the climax of the ages]-to bring all things together in Christ, [both] things in the heavens and things on the earth.  In Him also we have received an inheritance [a destiny-we were claimed by God as His own], having been predestined (chosen, appointed beforehand) according to the purpose of Him who works everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His will,  so that we who were the first to hope in Christ [who first put our confidence in Him as our Lord and Savior] would exist to the praise of His glory.  In Him, you also, when you heard the word of truth, the good news of your salvation, and [as a result] believed in Him, were stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit [the One promised by Christ] as owned and protected [by God].  The Spirit is the guarantee [the first installment, the pledge, a foretaste] of our inheritance until the redemption of God’s own [purchased] possession [His believers], to the praise of His glory.