And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession--to the praise of his glory. ~Ephesians 1:13-14
Before we came into a relationship with God, the Holy Spirit did not live within us. He was at work around us. He would try to draw us to Him. But He did not live within us. That distinction is reserved for God’s children only.
His presence confirms two things. We are members of the family of God with full rights as heirs. His Spirit confirms that we are His children and co-heirs with Jesus Christ. And secondly, the Holy Spirit marks us with a seal. His presence guarantees that we have a reservation in heaven and eternity with the Almighty. What an amazing gift. He is working in us as His children now and as His children for eternity. By His Spirit we are made into a new creation for His glory and presented with a hope for eternity.
- What difference does it make in our daily lives that we are children of God?
- Why do we need to have a seal on us for heaven?
- How does your earthly inheritance compare with your eternal inheritance?
Holy Spirit, thank You for Your seal on my life that binds me not only to a family, but to Your eternal presence. Amen.