December 01, 2023 – Friday
Ephesians 1:13 ESV
13 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,
Ephesians 1:13 NET
13 And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation)—when you believed in Christ—you were marked with the sea of the promised Holy Spirit,
I did not intend to start here. Instead, I was going to start in chapter two with the first three verses, but the first verse referred back to chapter one. So, going through the chapter realized I had not written much on the Holy Spirit or how we were sealed by the Holy Spirit. Thus, God led me to begin with this verse today and the next, verse fourteen, for Monday.
Recommend chapter 19 of Acts to see how Paul spent two years in the city of Ephesus. While there, his first question to believers there was Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? This is the same Holy Spirit addressed in our verses for today and Monday, 1:13-14, 13 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, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Two more points to think about, first Paul wrote this letter to the Ephesian believers while he was in jail in Rome. Second point is that the Ephesians were primarily Greeks and Romans, non-Jews, Gentiles. So, his letter is to the Gentile believers there. Looking at verse 13 NET, 13 And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation)—when you believed in Christ—you were marked with the sea of the promised Holy Spirit, Paul states upon hearing the gospel of salvation, believing Christ died for your sin and upon believing this, you were marked with the sea of the promised Holy Spirit or as in the ESV you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. What does this mean? I mean we say it often enough, but what does it mean?
Here is this fine explanation from the Pulpit commentary which resonates within me, The Seal of the Holy Spirit is partly in believers and partly without. Within, it is the felt result of the working of the Holy Spirit – the feeling of satisfaction and delight in the work and person of Christ, of love, confidence, and joy flowing out toward God, and the desire and endeavor in all things to be conformed to his will. Without, it is the fruit of the Spirit, the new man, created in righteousness and holiness after the image of Christ. Within, the Spirit bears witness with their spirits; without, the transformed life corroborates the inward witness, and gives it to the world. The first is never complete without the second, nor the second without the first. And then concludes with, The spiritual history of believers is thus presented: (1) hearing the truth; (2) believing; (3) being sealed.
Interestingly enough, the Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of the Promise because He is often promised in the Old Testament; for example in Ezekiel 36:27, Isaiah 32:15, and Joel 2:28.
Bottom Line: We know we have been sealed by the Holy Spirit as our internal spiritual life is changed and by the changes in our outward behavior. It is a wonder to experience.
Prayer: Almighty God, Through Your Grace You have permitted the Holy Spirit sealing within us, changing us throughout. Thank You for this gift that accompanies our salvation. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Still writing and working for the Glory of God
PS: A personal prayer request for my sister Carolyn in Elyria OH where she is currently in ER due to great difficulty breathing.