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Sealed with the Holy Spirit

Jul 10, 2016
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The Sealing of the Holy Spirit
At the moment a person trusts Christ for salvation, he or she is forgiven of their sin and indwelled with the Holy Spirit of God. Ephesians 1:13-14 explains that He is the security and guarantee of our eternal inheritance. Therefore, we know that God says to every believer, “You are Mine!”
We are saved by God to bring glory to Him, which means we are called to make much of God. When we draw attention to Him, we share the blessing we have received from God to others. Doubt and fear dissolve and love and peace abound when we focus our hearts and praise upon Christ Jesus.
As we have been sealed by the Holy Spirit, we have the ultimate security. The seal is the promise of God that will not be broken. The Apostle Paul provides evidence by proclaiming, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
The sealing of the Holy Spirit also establishes ownership. His indwelling is a down payment guaranteeing the inheritance of eternal life. Just as “earnest money” secures a new home purchase or an engagement ring indicates hope in a future event, the gift of the Holy Spirit provides an irrevocable pledge. In Christ, we are forever His and He is ours.
With all that our nation is experiencing, Christians must not shrink back in fear. People need to see the security of faith in Christ. With the Holy Spirit as our guide, we can walk boldly in the midst of darkness. The Gospel of Christ wins when we graciously cross barriers to love others as Christ loves us.
To discuss today
  1. What are some of the blessing of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit from Ephesians 1:3-14? How can each of these blessings become a blessing to others?
  2. What is the significance of the king’s seal? (Consider Daniel 6:17, Esther 8:8, Matthew 27:62-66) How is the seal (the Holy Spirit) of King Jesus greater than that of an earthly king?
  3. Do you have friends that do not look like you? How does the guarantee of the Holy Spirit empower you to share the Gospel and love others who may be different?
Father God, we praise you because You keep every promise you make. We thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit who lives within us and seals us in You for eternity. Help us walk boldly in Your love and glorify You. We pray that others around us would see the safety and security You offer.