Our Daily Elder Devotional
We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.
Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.
The Seal of the Spirit
Ephesians 1:13 English Standard Version (ESV)
13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
Ephesians 1:13 Amplified Bible (AMP)
13 In Him, you also, when you heard the word of truth, the good news of your salvation, and [as a result] believed in Him, were stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit [the One promised by Christ] as owned and protected [by God].
God places a seal on us when we receive Christ. And that seal is a person—the Holy Spirit. By the Spirit’s presence God gives us security and establishes His ownership over us.
The Spirit is also God’s pledge. He not only seals the arrangement, but He represents God’s commitment to see us through. And fellowship with the Spirit is a sample of what we can expect when we come into our inheritance in Heaven.
Finally, the Spirit witnesses to us, by the Scriptures and within our hearts, that Christ died for us, and by faith in Him we have become God’s children.
What a wonderful thing to know the Holy Spirit has been given to us as a seal—a pledge—and a witness! May each of these give us new assurance of God’s unchanging love for us, and give us confidence as we seek to live for Him.