SEALED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
So, how can we know the way to God? Only through Jesus, Jesus is the way because he is both God and man. By uniting our lives with him we are united with God. Jesus says he is the only way to God the father. Some people may argue that this way is too narrow. In reality it is wide enough for the whole world. If the world chooses to accept it, instead of worrying about how limited it sounds to have only one way. We should be saying thank you God for providing a sure way to be with you.
As the way, Jesus is our path to the Father, as the truth he is the reality of all God’s promises, as the life Jesus joins his divine life to ours, both now and in eternity.
2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
No matter how many people follow false teachers the solid foundation of Gods truth never changes, it is never shaken and will never fade, when we follow God’s truth. He will never forsake us. We cannot shape the doctrines of scripture to match our opinions. If we do, we are putting ourselves and our thoughts above God. Our beliefs should be consistent with what God’s word says.
Ephesians 1:3-7 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
This means that in Christ Jesus we have all the benefits of knowing God, being chosen for salvation, being adopted as his children, receiving forgiveness, insight, the gifts of the Spirit, power to do God’s will and the hope of living forever with Jesus. Because we have an intimate relationship with Jesus, we can enjoy all these blessings now.
The mystery of salvation originated in the timeless mind of God long before we existed. God chose us and when we belong to him through Jesus God looks at us as if we had never sinned.
2 Corinthians 1: 20-22 20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
All of God’s promises are fulfilled in Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit guarantees that we belong to God and will receive all his benefits. The Holy Spirit guarantees that salvation is ours now. And that we will receive so much more when Jesus returns.
The great comfort and power the Holy Spirit gives in this life is a foretaste of the benefits of our eternal life in God’s presence, along with the privilege of belonging to God comes the responsibility of identifying ourselves as His faithful servants.
John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Here God sets the pattern of true love. The basis for all love relationships. When you love someone dearly you are willing to give freely to the point of self-sacrifice. God paid dearly with the life of his son. It was the highest price he could pay. Jesus accepted our punishment, paid the price for our sins, then offered us the new life that he bought and paid for with his shed blood.
Eternal life is not an extension of a person’s mortal life, eternal life is God’s life embodied in Christ, given to all believers as a guarantee that they will live forever. They will have an eternal life, there is no sickness, death, enemies, evil, or sin.
When we don’t know Jesus, we make choices as though this life is all we have. In reality this life is just the introduction to eternity.by receiving this new life by faith we begin to evaluate all that happens from an eternal perspective.
When Jesus talks about unbelievers, he means those who reject or ignore him completely, not those who have doubt about the word being the truth.
Ephesians 1:12-13 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
God’s purpose is to offer salvation to the world. Just as he had planned to do long ago. God is sovereign, he is in charge, when your life seems chaotic, rest in His truth. God’s purpose is to save you. The Holy Spirit is God’s guarantee that we belong to Him and he will do what he has promised. The Holy Spirit in us to demonstrate that our faith is genuine. It proves that we are God’s children and secures eternal life for us. His power works in us to transform us now by sealing our spirit by his Holy Spirit at the moment we accept His son Jesus as Lord and Savior. When you do accept Him as Lord, you will experience a taste of the total change in eternity. If for some reason you decide to ignore Christ as Lord and savior you will be judged at the white throne judgement, here is what Jesus will say to you. The word of God is clear.
Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Do know Jesus? Are you following Him? Or will He will say to you depart from me for I never knew you. Think about it!
Stay in the word,