Sealing of the Holy Spirit

  • Eph. 4 v.30: And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
  • Eph. 1 v.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,

The last sentence can also be read, “By whom also, when you believed, you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.” The Christian receives the Spirit not “after”, but when he believes in Christ as Savior. The sealer is Jesus; the seal is the Holy Spirit. In biblical times a seal denoted both identification of ownership and protection provided by the owner.

The sealing of the Holy Spirit guarantees the benefits of our salvation, as a person might seal an envelope to guarantee its enclosures. The Holy Spirit is the seal. The Holy Spirit as the seal to the believer is also a “down payment” of His commitment to someday give him all other things God has promised. Christians should be careful to “grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, by whom ye are sealed unto the day of redemption”.

  • Eph. 1 v.14: Which is the earnest (down payment or deposit) of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

The Holy Spirit is here called “the earnest of our inheritance”. The word earnest means, “down payment”; as such the gift of the Spirit is viewed as an installment or as part of our salvation. God therefore assures the Christian that the realization of the rest of his salvation is forthcoming. How long is the believer assured of his salvation? Until the redemption of the purchased possession may be read, “until God glorifies and perfects the believer (who is the purchased possession) whom He has bought by Christ’s blood.

  • 1 Cor. 6 v.19: What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
  • 1 Cor. 3 v.16: Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Not only is the local church a temple of the Holy Spirit, but the individual believer’s body itself also is a temple of the Holy Spirit.


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