Sealed With The Spirit Of Promise

Friday, March 31st, 2017

“afteryou heard the word of Truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”  Eph 1:13b-14

Introduction

In the text above, we learn about sealing from the Holy Spirit of promise.  This sealing has special significance for the true believers in the Righteousness of God that constitutes Jesus’ baptism and death.  Paul alludes that as a result of our belief, we were marked in God with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.  When someone believes the Righteousness of God, they are sealed with the Spirit. 

What is this sealing that verse 13 talks about.  In Paul’s day, seals were used to guarantee one as genuine, to indicate who did the sealing, to recognize one’s ownership and to show authenticity and approval.  1 King 21:8; 2 Cor 1:22; John 6:27; Matt 27:66

As such, it is imperative to understand that God also places a seal upon those who belong to Him.  God knows who are His. 

Sealing is to guarantee that our salvation is genuine, to show God’s ownership upon us, indicate our faith is approved and also provide His purchased possession God’s protection.

Let us identify what the sealing of the Holy Spirit is:

  1. Sealing of The Holy Spirit Is An Invisible Mark

Our obedience to the faith in the Righteousness of God is the  clear  evidence  that  we  are  saved.  The sealing of the  Holy Spirit is invisible to us in the physical realm.  We cannot see the wind but we can see what it does.  It is the same with the Spirit that indwells in a sinless and righteous heart. The manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit demonstrates the work of the Holy Spirit within us.  Gal 5:22

 

  1. Sealing of The Holy Spirit Regenerates Us

This is the act of God which gives us eternal life when we believe in the Righteousness of God.  The Holy Spirit regenerates us by providing us perfect remission of sin, adopt us as His own children, enable us to enjoy heavenly blessing on earth and also eventually to be raised as divine children to live with God for eternity.  The Spirit abides in our hearts to transform us to become more like Jesus in true holiness and righteousness.  John 3:3-5; Titus 3:6

 

  1. Sealing of The Holy Spirit Baptizes Us

This is the spiritual baptism, not a water baptism.  In fact, water baptism only symbolizes what has already happened to us spiritually.  We are made sinless and righteous when we believe that Jesus received our sins through His baptism by John the Baptist by the laying on of hands. Subsequently, Jesus died on the Cross on our behalf for the sins we have committed throughout our lifetime.  On the third day God raised Him up from the dead to justify our faith in the righteous act of Jesus baptism, death and resurrection.  This spiritual baptism gives us the basis for our victory over sin, death, Satan, flesh and the world.

Conclusion

It should be noted that the sealing of the Spirit of promise is a one time event that happens instantaneously the moment we place our faith in Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection.  Once they happen, they cannot be repeated or be reversed.  We cannot become unbaptized any more than we can become unborn spiritually.  We cannot become un-regenerated any more than we can become un-alive.

 

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