THE SEAL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The three persons of the Trinity are involved in the salvation of believers. The Father chooses them, the Son redeems them and the Holy Spirit seals them. This comes by hearing the Word of Truth, the gospel of salvation. This instrumentality of the Word is very important for it teaches potential believers where to start their relationship with God.
The immediate positive response upon hearing is to believe. Grace and truth come by Jesus Christ. That truth is the Word that is preached. The ability to believe is the work of the Holy Spirit. We must not read more into this. Modern Charismatics have taken upon themselves the imaginary power to dispense the Holy Spirit, involving much emotion and external activity. The truth is that the Spirit works quietly in the hearts of genuine believers and confirms the Word in them. When they have believed, they are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. This sealing is the confirmation of their faith and their inclusion in the family of God. The promise that comes with the sealing, in the words of the Apostle, is “… the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory” (Eph 1:14).
Matthew Henry had this to say on the sealing: “He dispenses all his blessings, according to his good pleasure. His Divine teaching led whom he pleased to see the glory of those truths, which others were left to blaspheme. What a gracious promise that is, which secures the gift of the Holy Ghost to those who ask him! The sanctifying and comforting influences of the Holy Spirit seal believers as the children of God, and heirs of heaven. These are the first-fruits of holy happiness.”
THOUGHT: The Holy Spirit is the unseen power that touches believers.
PRAYER: Lord, I thank Thee for the work of the Spirit in my heart.