“… 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.” Ephesians 1:13b-14 (NKJ)
This past weekend I had the honor to speak at a conference in Kansas City. The highlight of that conference was the presence of One who always “steals the show”—The Holy Spirit. Oh how glorious was His presence as praises were lifted to the Father for His faithfulness and to the Son for His selfless act of redemption. The Holy Spirit’s “imprint” was undeniable as prayers lifted heavy spirits and the music moved us to new spiritual heights. The Word did not return void, but did accomplish its purpose (Isa. 55:11) as each speaker presented God’s heart from their assigned topic. Those attending the conference experienced great freedom and release; others were validated and empowered. Of the many ministries of The Holy Spirit, His role as the earnest of our future inheritance is one we need more time to understand and appreciate.
Before returning to His Father, Christ promised His disciples “another Comforter” (the literal translation, another like the other) to abide with them (John 14:16). This was the Holy Spirit—Christ dwelling in them. On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came to indwell and seal the new believers (Acts 2:4). This sealing had two purposes. First, the sealing represented ownership and union with Christ (1 John 4:13). It authenticated the believer’s relationship with Him (2 Cor.1:22); and second, it guaranteed the promise of glory. The sealing by the Holy Spirit was the earnest or “pledge” that secured their future in heaven with Christ.
When we accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, we too were sealed by the Holy Spirit. Our ownership has been authenticated and the earnest of our inheritance secured (2 Cor. 1:20-22). In addition, Christ has left us the privilege to enjoy a foretaste of our future glory right now in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
“Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine,
Oh what a foretaste of glory divine.
Heir of salvation, purchase of love,
Filled with His Spirit, washed in His blood”
Good to the Last Byte…
The promise of glory is our inheritance in which we eagerly anticipate and await. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.” 1 Peter 1:3-4