Spiritual Gifts part 128: The sealed one will be conformed to the image of Christ.

John Farley
June 8, 2011

Spiritual Gifts Part 128:   The sealed one will be conformed to the image of Christ  

F. The sealing ministry of the Holy Spirit, 2Co 1:22; Eph 1:13-14; Eph 4:30.

The sealing ministry of God the Holy Spirit is God’s final stamp of approval which guarantees that you will be in heaven forever.

We have been sealed… IN Christ BY the Father WITH the Holy Spirit!

God the Father sealed us by giving us the Spirit as a pledge or as the first fruits of things to come.

Christ lives His life through me as I allow the Spirit to perform all that God the Father intended Him to perform when He sent Him to dwell inside me.

We are first placed into Christ, and then in that position sealed permanently with a seal that is God’s mark ...

... God’s mark of ownership, authenticity, privacy, security, safekeeping, inviolability, and identity.

That seal is the Holy Spirit Himself!

The Holy Spirit is our guarantee that we will receive our inheritance. He is God’s pledge that He will complete the work of redemption.

The believer is eternally secure because he is sealed with the Holy Spirit.

His presence in the Christian indicates a finished transaction, divine ownership, and eternal security.

Rom 7:6 But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.

God has established you in Christ. (Baptism by the Spirit) God has anointed you. (Indwelling of the Spirit) God sealed you.
God gave you the Spirit as a pledge. (Sealing with the Spirit)

2Co 1:22  speaks of the Spirit in our hearts.  The refers to the Spirit abiding in and influencing the right lobe of our soul  where the real you does your thinking.

However, the work of the Holy Spirit on your soul and human spirit does present its effects from time to time in the experiential realm.

The manifestation of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s heart is a foretaste and a guarantee of the over-abundant blessings yet to be enjoyed in time and in eternity.

Rom 5:5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.  

He is also the first fruits of that inheritance, meaning we get our first taste of what is to come in the form of the ministries of the Holy Spirit to the believer after salvation.

The empowerment we receive.
The filling of the Holy Spirit.
His teaching ministry.

His opposition to the desires of our flesh.
Freedom from the law of sin and death.

Testimony to our adoption as sons and daughters.
The discernment He provides. His advocacy on our behalf.

His intercessory praying on our behalf.
Our daily walk in dependence on the guidance and direction of the Spirit.

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