Re:Verse passage – Ephesians 1:13-14 (day four)
We were outsiders, excluded from a relationship with the Creator God…Gentiles who had no inheritance in Christ. Then, we discovered the Truth of God’s plan. We were included all the time! The Gospel was open to us. When we believed in Christ, our eternal relationship was sealed with the Holy Spirit.
In our Western culture, we do not have kings. We are not as familiar with the trappings of a monarchy. To ‘seal a command’ would mean a proclamation was made, then wax was applied to the document and an image was impressed into the soft wax before it cooled. When the wax quickly hardened, the remaining ‘seal’ carried the full power and authority of the king. The weight of the realm assured that the proclamation would be carried out. It could not be broken!
The Holy Spirit is our ‘seal’ of promise. We have an inheritance with Christ…forgiveness, redemption and abundant life. The impression of the Holy Spirit (the gifts of the Spirit…another study!) on our lives is the visible sign of our inherited relationship with Almighty God!