“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)

“Treasured By Our Father God” (John 1: 12 – 13, KJV) by Carley Evans


To those of us who believe in His Son, God gives the right and the power to become His children. Our birthright comes not from ourselves, not from the will of our earthly parents, not from our own wills or from our own desires, but from His will and His desire.

God has a plan, a blueprint He follows. He marks us with Himself — His own Holy Spirit once we are washed with the blood of His Son, Jesus the Christ. Like the potter who stamps his clay creations with his mark, so God marks us with His seal, the promised Holy Spirit. We become His possessions. We are liked signed masterpieces hung in an art gallery, each one unique and treasured by our Father; each one insured against loss, theft, damage.

Great art only increases in value. Great art does nothing in and of itself, certainly nothing which causes it to become great art. The artist is the valuable asset; the art is only a reflection of Him.