That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory
Today’s text summarizes what the Salvation experience of a believer is about; he hears the word of truth (the gospel of salvation), he then believes and is sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.
Therefore, to be saved is to be sealed with the Holy Spirit that was promised.
The Holy Spirit is God’s down payment; His deposit in us. We have an assurance that Jesus is coming back for us because we have received His Spirit in us as a guarantee.
“He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come”
1 Corinthians 1:22 NIV
Wow! The word says “He has set His seal of ownership on us; which is put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit”
“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
1 Corinthians 6:20
We are empowered to live a life of righteousness by His indwelling Spirit.
“And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.”
We grow in sanctification and, by the Spirit we nullify the deeds of the flesh. Our boast is in Christ Jesus we do not put confidence in our flesh.
By the ability of His mighty power we glorify God in our body.
Glory to God! He is coming for us, we have a lively hope, an active hope because we have His Spirit living in us who is our guarantee.