By Frank Manasseri
What does it mean to be “sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise?” and what is the “earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession?” Ephesians 1:1-23:
Highlighting certain aspects of this most wonderful Church epistle which declares to the saints (the sanctified ones) The Fathers Great Love to us who BELIEVE!
When God’s Word tells us we were “sealed” it is the Greek word sphragizo which means to stamp (with a signet or private mark) for security or preservation (literally or figuratively); by implication, to keep secret or to attest.
This word sphragizo comes from the word sphragis which is a signet (as fencing in or protecting from misappropriation); by implication, the stamp impressed (as a mark of privacy, or genuineness), literally and figuratively.
The Word shows us that what we were sealed with or that the down payment is the holy spirit of promise. And that this holy spirit of promise is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession.
The Word here in Ephesians tells us that we were sealed or stamped with a signet or a protective mark for security or preservation or that we are fenced in or protected from misappropriation by a stamp as a mark of privacy or genuineness which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession.
The word earnest is the Greek word arrhabon which is a pledge, i.e. part of the purchase money or property given in advance as security for the rest. In our time it would be called a down payment on a purchase or what is commonly called earnest money in real estate for a house or property which you are in the process of buying.
When we first trusted in Jesus Christ after that we heard the good news or the gospel of our salvation, the Word declares that we were buried with Him by baptism into His death (Romans 6:4) and then raised again together with Him to walk in newness of life.
The newness of life (Christ in you the hope of glory) is our spiritual inheritance, or a sort of spiritual DNA we received when we were sealed with the holy spirit of promise. The gift of holy spirit is our spiritual endowment which enables us to walk supernaturally in order to be changed into the image of Christ. This may also be stated as taking upon ourselves the form of Christ in our every day actions. The true work of the gift ministries to the body of Christ is to labor and travail in birth (gal 4:19) until Christ be formed in the saints. This apparent impossibility may only be accomplished by the power of the gift of the holy spirit energized within us by faith so that we may be filled to overflowing in order to manifest any or all if the nine manifestations of that one gift from God (I Corinthians 12:1-13).
Paul told the Galatains in 4:19 that he labored and travailed in birth until Christ be formed in them.
Today all around the world we desperately need true ministers of Christ to be laboring and travailing in birth until Christ be formed in the members of the body of Christ.
We (The church) have been equipped by God by way of His gift to share the gospel or the good news that Jesus Christ the Lamb of God has taken away the sins (past, present and future) of the world.
Hebrews 10:26-29 clearly states that any who have received the knowledge of the truth (the gospel or Good News!) and refuse to accept Him by willfully rejecting The Lord Jesus as the only acceptable sacrifice for their sins have only a certain fearful looking for of judgment.
This is the Good News! All those who will come to Him and confess His name shall be saved. Again the Word of God states that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Hebrews tells us that He, Christ became our High Priest of good things to come not by the earthly tabernacle, which was made with hands but by a greater and more perfect tabernacle.
Christ did not enter into the Holy of Holies here on earth to sprinkle the blood of bulls and goats, but He entered in once and for all into the Holy of Holies in heaven to sprinkle His own precious blood on the Mercy seat.
What great news we have to share with the people of this world! Especially now when we are surrounded with so much darkness and despair we can truly be the lights of the world holding forth the word of life.
Beloved I will leave you with this:
To God be the Glory through His Son Jesus Christ forever and ever Amen.