December 04, 2023 – Monday
Ephesians 1:13-14 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, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 1:13-14 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 seal of the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of his glory.
On Friday, December 1st, we looked at verse 13 and said on Monday we would look at verse 14 and we will do so today. However, it is important to see the two verses are really two parts of a long sentence.
Looking at verse 13, I asked what does it mean to be sealed with the promised Holy Spirit (ESV) or to be marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit (NET)? Then I added, I mean we say it often enough, but what does it mean? After that I gave what I called a ‘fine explanation’ from the Pulpit commentary which I really liked as it resonated with me. It said, 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.
However, it did not answer the question, “What does it mean to be sealed with the Holy Spirit or marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit?” Instead, it answered a different question, What happens to us when we are sealed with the Holy Spirit? It answered that very well for what happens within and without each of us spiritually. See the underlined above.
Now going to verse 14 (NET) we begin to find the answer to our question, the promised Holy Spirit 14 who is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of his glory. And if we look at the Amplified Bible we read, 14 The Spirit is the guarantee [the first installment, the pledge, a foretaste] of our inheritance until the redemption of God’s own [purchased] possession [His believers], to the praise of His glory. This may be a bit confusing as we, the believers, have an inheritance coming and the Spirit is only the first part of our inheritance. And we, as believers, are redeemed as God’s own possession upon our resurrection into eternal life. If we go here we find the NASB says the Holy Spirit is a first installment of our inheritance, in regard to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory, while the NIV says the Holy Spirit is a first installment of our inheritance, in regard to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory, and the RGT says the Holy Spirit is the guarantee of our inheritance, for the redemption of that acquired possession, to the praise of His glory, and finally YLT says the Holy Spirit is an earnest of our inheritance, to the redemption of the acquired possession, to the praise of His glory.
It is an odd business deal if you will bear with me. Jesus took our sin and imputed His righteousness to us when we believed. This was surely and act of love as we gained much more than He did, except His love was so great for those made in His image. Then we need to know Heaven (Jesus and His Father) purchased us by the death of our Redeemer, Jesus on the cross. We belong to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Jesus purchased those of us who would believe in Him with the incredible promise of eternal life in resurrected eternal bodies.
Bottom Line: What does it mean to be sealed by the Holy Spirit? It means we have the Holy Spirit as the pledge of ever greater things to come when we are resurrected into eternal life in our new eternal bodies as we rejoice in belonging to our Heavenly Father. It is something wonderful to think about as we go through our lives here day to day.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for such incredible love that is truly beyond our comprehension. Your love and Your grace defy description. You have chosen to make it real to us by sealing us with the Holy Spirit so we can know the truth and remain confident of our eternal destination. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
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