KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 1:13-14 ” 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,
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory”.
Among the many insights that was given to Apostle Paul, was the knowledge that when one believed in Jesus the Holy Spirit did not only come to impart life to us, empower us, or to teach us, rather He also became God’s seal of ownership over our lives. The scripture continued in verse 14 that the Holy Spirit as God’s seal over our lives is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession.
The meaning of the verse 14 is that the Holy Spirit is a guarantee or a down payment that God has made awaiting the final appearing of our saviour to fully redeem us. This is very important for us to know how to maintain a very good relationship with the Holy Spirit and not to do things that grieve Him. We must not do things that influence His work in us, to the intent that it may affect our ultimate asses to the kingdom of the Lord.
In Matthew 25:1-13 the Lord Jesus narrated a parable of the virgins. Five made sure they had enough oil (a symbol of the Holy Spirit). The other five had no oil and did nothing about it. Now please understand this, the Christian needs to be filled every day. The cream of getting filled is fellowship with the Spirit. There are various ways to fellowship with the Spirit. Joining other believers in church is one of the ways to get filled up. Personal devotion, prayer, worship studying the word gets you filled up. When the Christian neglects his fellowship with the Lord he gets depleted and lose that influence and in filling of the Spirit.
In that story the Lord, the bridegroom came and the five who were described as wise had their lamps filled, whiles the other five had empty lamps. These five foolish virgins hurriedly went searching for oil, only to come back to find the door locked. You need to have the Holy Spirit filling you more and more every day. Never neglect the fellowship of the Spirit. Do not neglect fellowshipping with the brethren. Do not neglect personal prayer, meditations, fellowship, Bible studying and fastings as well. Note this, it is His presence in our lives that allows Him to be a seal of the father on our lives.
Maintain the seal of the Holy Spirit always over your life. Don’t be a foolish virgin. Be filled with the Holy Spirit always. You do not know when the Lord shall come.
The Holy Spirit is God’s seal of ownership over my life. I always maintain a sweet fellowship with the Spirit such that I am always filled up with Him. My life is ever victorious ever ready for the Lord.
Ephesians 5:18 ” And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit”;
Acts 4:31 ” And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness”.