You also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you 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.
Who are the “you also” to whom Paul referred? This meant all non-Jews who had become believers. Christ came to die for everyone—not just Jews, but Gentiles too. God had promised that through one of Abraham’s descendants, “all peoples on earth will be blessed” (Genesis 12:3). Jesus fulfilled that promise when he opened the way of salvation to everyone. When we believe the Good News, God saves us. In that moment God gives us his Holy Spirit, who is like a security deposit. The fact that we have the Holy Spirit means that all the rest of God’s promises will come true.
God’s promises about eternity are as certain as our salvation. There is no need to doubt what God says. While we may not understand everything in our lives or even agree on how the future will play out, we can agree that Jesus is coming back to take us to heaven to be with him forever.
We can have confidence in God’s promises for the future. The Holy Spirit testifies daily to the fact that all of God’s promises will come true “to the praise of his glory.”
God’s Promise to Me
- I gave you my Spirit as a guarantee that I will give you everything else I promised.
- You can be confident in all of my promises for the future.
My Prayer to God
God, thank you for giving me your Holy Spirit and for identifying me as your child. Thank you for the glorious future you have in store for me.
- The Spirit’s Blessing! (psalmsofpraisewomensministries.wordpress.com)
- The Life of Salvation (mgriffinrobert.com)
- “In whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13, 14 (lacykitkat.wordpress.com)
- What does it mean to “be filled with the Spirit”? (rodneyhunt.wordpress.com)