Pastor Floyd Koenig
Text: Eph. 1:13-14
It is the work of the Holy Spirit in the new birth to assure us that Godís people are secure (Phil. 1:6).
The Holy Spirit has another part in making salvation sure. He is called "that Holy Spirit of promise" because His very presence is a promise of security to the child of God (Eph. 1:13).
In this regard He is viewed as both a seal and an earnest. While these two concepts are very different, yet they are studied together because they both relate to the believerís security (Eph. 1:13-14).
In another place, Paul informs us, as believers, that God has sealed us and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts (II Cor. 1:22).
Letís consider the Holy Spirit as a seal and as an earnest.
The seal is used to assert ownership. The presence of the Spirit in an individual is proof that he belongs to God.
The seal is also used to confirm something as being genuine or authentic. We find an example of this in the earthly ministry of our Savior (Jn. 6:27; Isa. 42:1-4). The genuine saint is recognized by the fact that he is indwelt by the Spirit (I Jn. 3:24).
The main concept of the seal, however, is that of security.
1. The tomb in which the body of our Lord lay was made secure by sealing the stone (Mt. 27:66).
2. A seal will be put on Satan to secure him in the bottomless pit (Rev. 20:1-3).
A. THE SEAL.
2. It is important to notice that we are sealed by the presence of the Spirit and not by the work of the Spirit.
2. The Bible never describes sealing as an experience.
3. The Spirit may work to produce Christian experiences, but it is His presence which is the seal.
2. The Bible assumes the sealing of every saint (II Cor. 1:22; Eph. 1:13; 4:30).
3. No one is ever instructed to seek this sealing.
4. It is regarded as a fact for all believers to rejoice in.
2. Sealing is the basis, not the knowledge of security.
3. The Holy Spirit is a wonderful seal:
a. Because of His power (I Jn. 4:4);
b. And because His work in salvation insures that He will never leave us (Phil. 1:6; Jn. 7:38-39; 4:14; 14:16)..
2. This occurs when they believe on Christ.
a. The believer receives the promise of the Spirit through faith (Gal. 3:14).
b. The moment a person puts his faith in Christ, he is supplied with an abundance of spiritual influences (Jn. 7:38-39).
c. A person hears the gospel, believes it and is assured of his eternal inheritance by the Spirit of God (Eph. 1:13).
In proving our security, the Holy Spirit is viewed, not only as a seal, but as the earnest of our inheritance (Eph. 1:13-14; II Cor. 1:22; 5:5).
A. AN EARNEST IS A TOKEN PAYMENT THAT REVEALS THE INTENTIONS OF THE GIVER.
B. AN EARNEST IS PART OF THE WHOLE.
2. By faith we receive the Holy Spirit, which, as a gracious gift, comes to us through the work of Christ (Acts 2:32-33; Jn. 7:39).
2. Our Savior has purchased a wonderful inheritance for us (I Pet. 1:3-4).
- This includes a glorified body and a home in Heaven.
3. We may be assured that because we have the earnest of the Spirit, that the rest of our inheritance is sure to come to us (Eph. 1:13-14; Rom. 8:23).
4. Once the earnest is given, the giver cannot back out.
5. In calling the Spirit an "earnest" God offers us full assurance of His intention to glorify every one of His people.
2. Just as the Spirit now dwells in us and gives us a new nature, so someday we will receive a new home and a new body.
3. That the idea of security is implied, may be seen in that Christ is the "firstfruits" of the resurrection (I Cor. 15:20).
- Because He arose, those in Him must also rise.
4. The "firstfruits" may be viewed as an "earnest" of the harvest.
5. In business, the "earnest" gives a person security and peace of mind.
a. Letís enjoy this in regard to our inheritance.
b. God is not holding us in suspense, but rather gives us every assurance that our inheritance is "reserved in Heaven" (I Pet. 1:4).
This lesson should help us to see in the indwelling of
Godís Spirit, not only our present source of life and spiritual ability,
but also a certain hope for the future.
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