SEALED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
2Cor. 1:22 ASV who also sealed us, and gave us the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
Eph. 1:12-14 ASV to the end that we should be unto the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ: (13) in whom ye also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation, - in whom, having also believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, (14) which is an earnest of our inheritance, unto the redemption of God's own possession, unto the praise of his glory.
2Cor 1:22 PAUL OUTLINES SEVERAL ASPECTS OF
GOD'S WORK IN THE BELIEVER THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT.
1. The Holy Spirit ESTABLISHES the believer and HELPS THEM PERSEVERE in their life of faith –
1Pet 1:5 who by the power of God are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
2. The Holy Spirit ANOINTS the believer in order to ENDUE them with
2a. power to witness –
Act 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. You will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth."
2b. power to perform the works of Christ –
Isa 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord Yahweh is on me; because Yahweh has anointed me to preach good news to the humble. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to those who are bound.…
Mat 10:19-20 But when they deliver you up, don't be anxious how or what you will say, for it will be given you in that hour what you will say. 20 For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.…
John 14:12 Most certainly I tell you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and he will do greater works than these, because I am going to my Father.…Acts 10:38 even Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
2c. power to know the truth –
1John 2:20 You have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.
SEALED WITH THE SPIRIT.
Eph 1:13 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,
1. The Holy Spirit is a Seal.
2. As a SEAL the Holy Spirit is given to the believer as God's mark of ownership –
Eph 3:17-19 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be strengthened to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know Christ's love which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.…
Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
3. Hence one has the evidence that he is God's adopted child.
4. This is the evidence that redemption is real when the Holy Spirit is present in one's life –
Gal 4:6 And because you are children, God sent out the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, "Abba, Father!"
5. We can know that we belong to God when the Holy Spirit –
5a. regenerates and renews us –
John 1:12-13 But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God's children, to those who believe in his name: 13 who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 3:3-6 Jesus answered him, "Most certainly, I tell you, unless one is born anew, he can't see the Kingdom of God." 4 Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb, and be born?" 5 Jesus answered, "Most certainly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can't enter into the Kingdom of God! 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
5b. delivers us from the power of sin – Rom 8:1-17; Gal 5:16-25.
5c. gives us consciousness of God as our Father –
Eph 1:5 having predestined us for adoption as children through Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his desire,…
Rom 8:15 For you didn't receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!"… Gal 4:6 And because you are children, God sent out the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, "Abba, Father!"
5d. fills us with the power to witness for Him –
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. You will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth."
Acts 2:4 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak.
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE EARNEST or DEPOSIT OF OUR INHERITANCE,
i.e., A FIRST INSTALLMENT or DOWN PAYMENT.
Eph 1:14 who is a pledge of our inheritance, to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of his glory.
1. The Holy spirit is given to believers as a down payment of what we are going to have in complete fulness in the future.
2. His presence and work in our lives is a pledge or earnest of our future inheritance –
Rom 8:23 Not only so, but ourselves also, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for adoption, the redemption of our body.
2Cor 5:5 Now he who made us for this very thing is God, who also gave to us the down payment of the Spirit.
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