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The Order of Salvation in Ephesians 1:13

Ephesians 1:13 says,

In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.

Let us work through this text to see the order of salvation.

First, we must hear the gospel (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:47; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:14-17).

Secondly, we must believe in Jesus (John 3:16; 6:29; 20:31; Acts 16:30-31; Romans 10:9-10).

Thirdly, at this point we are sealed with the promised Holy Spirit or born again (John 3:3-7; Romans 3:21-26; 4:24-5:1; 8:9, 15; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Galatians 3:13-14).

So the order of salvation here in Ephesians 1:13 would be:

Hear the Gospel ———> Believe the Gospel ————-> Be Sealed With The Spirit

This runs contrary to the Reformed view that regeneration must precede faith for salvation.

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