We have seen the roles of God The Father and God The Son in the plan of redemption. Today, we turn our attention to the Person and work of The Holy Spirit and His work in our salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14).
We know that it is The Holy Spirit Who convicts us of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:7-11). On the Day of Pentecost, when Peter was speaking the prophecies concerning Jesus Christ, people’s hearts were pricked by the sword of The Spirit (Acts 2:14-37), which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17). And what followed that work of God’s Spirit? 3,000 souls repented of their sin, received the gift of The Holy Ghost and were added to the church (Acts 2:38,41).
Though our personal testimonies may vary, the pattern that we read about there in the Gospel of John and on the Day of Pentecost is the same. The gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed, the Spirit of God convicts us of sin, our need of Christ’s righteousness, and we repent and cry out to God for His glorious grace and forgiveness through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.
Back in Ephesians, Paul goes on to tell us that after we believe the gospel and turn to Christ, we are sealed with The Holy Spirit of promise (Ephesians 1:13). In other words, the very moment that you are born again, you are baptized by The Spirit into the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13) and sealed. To be sealed means that God has placed His stamp of ownership on you. Some tell us that the word seal here can also refer to a down payment towards the full possession of something. The Holy Spirit is the seal that guarantees that we belong to God and that He is going to bring us into the full manifestation of our redemption in the dispensation of the fullness of times. We are sealed until the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30). All praise and honor be unto our God for this glorious redemption!