SEALED WITH THE PROMISE OF HOLY SPIRIT
Leslie M. John
“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him” (Ephesians 1:13-17)
Seal is an embossed emblem legally securing the ownership and protection of the possession. Inasmuch as we, who have believed in Him are His possession, and the Scripture says believers are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise until we are redeemed at resurrection, no one can pluck us out from His protection. The Seal He has put on us is a deposit guaranteeing our redemption unto resurrection and everlasting life.
When a legal document is sealed it becomes a property of someone who protects it from not only from the damage it might suffer but also from misappropriation and stealth by enemy.
The redemption secured of the purchased possession is for the praise of the glory of God. Apostle Paul wishes Grace and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ to the believers in Ephesus and says God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.
After we have heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ and trusted in Him as our Savior we have a sure promise that we will be redeemed according to the hope and inheritance of everlasting life to be with the Lord forever and ever. It is an inheritance which is incorruptible and undefiled and unfading reserved for us.
“To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:4)
The Father has blessed us according to His great mercy to a living hope through the resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ from among the dead. He has chosen us before the foundation of the world, in Jesus Christ that we should be holy and blameless before Him in love. We have redemption through the blood of Lord Jesus Christ.
The Scripture says in blood there is life and blood needs to be shed for the redemption. If only Jesus did not pay the price of our redemption by His blood, and not dying a substitutionary death, we would have perished. The confession part rests with us and unless we confess our sins and believe in Him that He is the Lord and He was raised by God on the third day of His death, we will have no salvation.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8)
Bible says there is no one righteous and everyone has come short of the glory of God. The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is everlasting life. In Jesus we have forgiveness of our sins according to the riches of grace.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. (Romans 6:23)
We were dead in trespass and He died for us even when we were sinners. We walked according to the ways of the world, obeying the price of the power of the air, which is Satan, and the spirit now is at work in the children of disobedience (cf. Ephesians 2:2)
Ephesians 1:13-17 points to three phases.
1.Firstly, it is of our past stance in Christ, secondly of our present stance in Christ and thirdly of our future stance in Christ. We are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise unto redemption when we believed. It is that seal which loudly proclaims that we are possession of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is our owner and if so, who can pluck us from His hands?
2.Secondly, in the present stance Holy Spirit gives us the “spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him”
3.Thirdly, in the future after we are called home, we are redeemed of the present body made of dust, and the dead in Christ shall rise and those who are alive will rise and be caught up, and receive a glorified body in the twinkling of an eye when the Lord comes down from “heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord”. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
Who can separate us from the love of God?
“Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39)
Our future everlasting life is guaranteed by the promise of Holy Spirit who sealed us when we believed in Christ. He is our mediator between us and the Father. He died on behalf of us to redeem us from the transgressions in order that all those who are called might receive the promise of the eternal life (cf. Hebrews 9:15)
Inasmuch as Christ has delivered us from the bondage of sin, we have assurance that we are sealed unto redemption, unlike those that are not sealed and heading to be judged of their sins. It is, therefore, imperative that we grow in the spirit of wisdom and revelation of the knowledge of Lord Jesus Christ. We glorifying Him and our focus now should be our daily life in Christ.