Ephesians 1:11-14 - 11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 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.
In ancient times, when a king established a decree or made a promise he did so in writing and then stamped the document with his seal, which was often a signet-ring. The seal made an impression or imprint in the document that certified the document proving that it was indeed from the king and trustworthy. No one would question or doubt the document so long as it had the king’s seal. Therefore, the seal not only authenticated the document but also provided confidence in what was said as having the king’s authority and guarantee.
Sometimes Christians might question their eternal security. In these moments of doubt a person wonders, “Is it possible for someone to lose his or her salvation?” How do we know for certain that once a person is saved by Jesus (and justified through faith) that person will in fact never lose his or her salvation? Verses 13-14 says, “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, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.”
As members of God’s family, we have been promised salvation and eternal life. There is no reason to doubt our inheritance of eternal life because we have the King of King’s promise and his promise has been sealed. However, instead of using wax and a signet-ring, God has sealed us with himself through the indwelling of God the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our guarantee that God will make good on all his promises.
• How does being sealed by the Spirit make you feel?
• What difference does the blessing of being sealed by the Spirit make in your life?
• Action - Spend some time in prayer praising God for sealing you with the Holy Spirit.