“The Promised Seal” ( Ephesians 1: 13 – 14, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


“When you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed in Him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. He is the down payment of our inheritance, for the redemption of the possession, to the praise of His glory.”

 

We hear “the message of truth, the gospel” and we “believe in Him.” Simultaneously, we are “sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.” Jesus promises the Comforter, the Helper to His friends. And Paul calls “the promised Holy Spirit” the “down payment,” the guarantee of “our inheritance.” God’s plan is to redeem us “to the praise of His glory.” And His seal is much superior to any other guarantee.

 

Odd how we trust that our funds are federally insured in a bank when we see the seal of the FDIC; that we believe our meats are safe if approved by the United States Department of Agriculture. We see the seal USDA and we believe.

 

Yet, many of us doubt our salvation. We doubt that God has redeemed us, set His seal permanently upon us. We seem to forget we are purchased with the blood of God’s own Son, that nothing interferes with God’s ultimate goal to bring all things together under one head, that is, Jesus Christ.

 

We belong to the Lord. Therefore, “I pray that the perception of your mind may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength.” (Ephesians 1: 18-19)

“To Know What Surpasses Knowledge” (Ephesians 3: 18, ESV) by Carley Evans


Do you know that we need the strength of the Holy Spirit Himself “to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.” As we are “strengthened with power through His Spirit in [our] inner beings,” (Ephesians 3: 16) we are then “filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3: 19)

We become new creations through Christ’s sacrificial death and through the power of the Holy Spirit with whom we are sealed. Simply put, the seal of the Holy Spirit is akin to indelible ink, an ink which appears from the inside out.

The Holy Spirit is a fire within our hearts, an unquenchable fire who marks everything we are — what we think, what we say, what we do. The Holy Spirit “roots and grounds us in love” and makes it possible for “Christ [to] dwell in [our] hearts through faith.” (Ephesians 3: 17)

Do you know that without the powerful seal of the Holy Spirit, we are lost? He keeps us steadfast, directing our hearts toward God the Father through Jesus Christ, the Son. Without Him, we do not choose to follow Christ’s way; instead, we chomp at the bit the way a stubborn horse might.

Without the Holy Spirit, we are incapable of knowing that which surpasses knowledge — we can not know God nor the depth of His love of us. Be grateful for God, the Holy Spirit — He seals us for the day of our redemption.