Sealed by the Holy Spirit

God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God.  And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you.  And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own (he put his seal on you) by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people.  He did this so we would praise and glorify him.      -Ephesians 1:12-14

The Jews are God’s chosen people since the beginning of time.  God did everything he could to show his love for them and his grace and mercy.  However, time and time again, the Jews went their own way and tried worshipping other gods.  God saved them out of Egypt and they praised him for a time but they began to complain about what little they had.  Instead of asking God, they grumbled.  God provided manna and quail for them to eat.  Yet, this was not good enough, they wanted more.  So, God told them that their generation would not see the Promised Land, thus leaving them circling around in the desert for 40 years.  When Moses went up to the top of Mt Sinai, he prayed in the very presence of God.  The people below were told to wait and to worship.  However, after a while, they got tired of waiting and therefore created a golden calf and worshipped the calf.  God was angry and wanted to get rid of the whole group.  Moses pleaded on their behalf and they were saved by God’s grace.

Move forward and we see the Israelites in wars and disputes.  They put their trust in themselves and not God.  Because of their repeated disobedience,  God allowed them to live in exile for 70 years in Babylonia. Some of them responded and changed their ways.  Others became hard-hearted, not wanting to listen to the prophets of their time.   The Israelites of course came back home to their beloved Israel.

Years passed in silence with not much hope.  The Romans took over and life was hard.  Then one day, a Saviour was born.  This Saviour of course is Jesus Christ.  Jesus came first for the Jews.  He wanted them to know their long awaited Messiah had come.  However, the Jews did not accept him as their own.  They rejected him.  They didn’t believe that he could truly be the Messiah as he went against everything they thought he would be.

Paul of course was one of the Jews who did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah.  He even persecuted them and helped with the murder of Steven. Paul of course had the experience of meeting Jesus on the road to Damascus and was completely changed for God’s glory.

Paul writes from experience of what God has done.  He cannot help but to give God the praise and glory for all that God did for him.  He was called to share the Good News with everyone, including Gentiles.  When the Gentiles (anyone who was not a Jew) heard the gospel, they too rejoiced in the truth.

I rejoice in the fact that God made a way for not just Jews but for us Gentiles as well.  I also rejoice that God identified us as his own, sealed us with the Holy Spirit.  We are marked, we are chosen, we are apart of his family.  The promises he originally promised the Jews are open to us as well. We have an eternal inheritance.  As I said several days ago, we are royalty.  We have the mark of the blood of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Jesus purchased our salvation and adoption by his blood on the cross of Calvary.  When I read and pray this Scripture, I cannot help but to rejoice and give praise to God for all he has done for me and my fellow brothers and sisters.

We are spiritually blessed beyond all measure.  May we rejoice in our salvation.  May we rejoice in our inheritance.  We are God’s children!  We are beloved.  We are chosen.  We are valued.  We are loved. We are treasured.  We were bought by love.  We are adopted.  We are royalty. Our father is the King of kings.  Praise the Lord!!

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