September 13, 2020 | Dr. Wes George
Passage: Ephesians 1:13-14
The Holy Spirit seals believers.
Ephesians 1:13-14 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,
14 who is agiven as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.
He is the Holy Spirit of promise.
He is the promise Himself.
He reminds believers of the promises of God.
He is given as a pledge of our inheritance. (Our eternal inheritance and/or we as His eternal inheritance (Eph. 1:18 what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints).)
Heaven is considered our inheritance.
Believers are considered Christ’s inheritance.
The seal of the Holy Spirit identifies / authenticates the believer.
A seal indicates who it belongs to or who made it or who sent it.
The seal of the Holy Spirit assures the believer.
Romans 8:16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God
We have assurance that we are God’s children through the sealing of the Holy Spirit.
The seal of the Holy Spirit secures the believer.
Assurance and security are partners but different. You can have security without assurance. You may think that you are not secure or safe when you really are.
The Holy Spirit preserves and sanctifies believers.
The preserving work of the Holy Spirit guarantees the completion of the believer’s salvation.
This means no three strikes and you are out. No make a mistake and you are kicked out. This is the security that a person needs to succeed without the pressure of this is my last chance.
The sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit provides conforming and transforming into the image of Christ.
1 Peter 1:2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.
2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.
Philippians 1:6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 2:12 . . .Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.