“Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts” – 2 Corinthians 1:22
LIGHT FOR NOW: Redemption implies hearing and believing the Gospel.
In the opening of his letter to the brethren at Ephesus, Apostle Paul carefully explained how the believer was sealed by the Spirit of God. In verse 3 to 6 of chapter one, he said, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of Children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the glory pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved”. The facts are clear; Apostle Paul is making us to know that the eternal will, pleasure and purpose of the Father has been the salvation of man through Christ. It is only through His blood that man can have redemption and forgiveness of sins which Paul says is a product of God’s grace. Then in verse 11-14, Paul further explained what actually took place: “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will…. 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 THE HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory”.
Apostle Paul in his narrative is saying, when we heard and believed the Gospel, we were sealed with the Spirit of promise. So, at redemption, every believer is sealed with that Spirit; redemption implies hearing and believing of the Gospel. Still talking about the fulfillment of the promise, Paul also said, “For the son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea. For the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen…” (2 Corinthians 1: 19-20). This affirms the fulfilment of the Old Testament prophecies and promises. And all of these are situated in the earnest of the Spirit that was given at His resurrection and ascension. For example, in Ezekiel 36:25-27, the term “I will” in verse 25 points to the fact that as at then, the earnest of the Spirit was a promise, yet to be fulfilled by God Himself. Verse 26 spoke of a new heart which refers to a new birth; a new Spirit that will be put within us who believe. In the four gospels, the promise of the Spirit pointed to a “RESIDENCE” and a “PERMANENCE” which invariably points to the new birth (John 16:16-17). And in the epistles, the indwelling of the spirit is a vocal point from which the giving of the Spirit and the reception of the same is emphatically explained. “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16). “In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:22).
INSTRUCTION: You are sealed with the Holy Ghost; acknowledge this!
PRAYER: I am found in Christ; sealed by the Holy Ghost and I am a living and moving temple of God, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The promise of the spirit pointed to a residence and permanence.
DAILY READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 14 EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15