You were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession — to the praise of his glory. — Ephesians 1:13-14
The Apostle Paul informed the Church in Ephesus that they were marked, sealed, and imprinted with the promised Holy Spirit as a guarantee of their inheritance. This is not a new idea. From the very beginning, God told the patriarchs and the Israelites that He would never leave them or forsake them (Deut 31:8).
After the death of Moses and the installment of Joshua being the next leader, Yahweh told Joshua, “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you (Joshua 1:5). I am sure these words were reassuring to Joshua before he invaded Jericho.
Of course, Jesus made it clear in Matthew 28:20 to his disciples that He would never leave them or forsake them. He also promised the Holy Spirit would come later at Pentecost.
Go therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
I am confident the disciples were comforted by these words. That the Son of God in flesh and blood would exclaim: “I will be with you always, even to the end of the age.” What excellent news to know that God will protect you. He will guide you with His Holy Spirit. Jesus will guarantee their inheritance. Knowing God’s final words ended with a promise is excellent news.
Scripture is clear on this subject. When we acknowledge our sins, repent and trust in Jesus to atone for them, we have eternal life. Romans 10:9 states that when we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we will be saved. Do you believe this wonderful truth?
The promised Holy Spirit is not a force. It’s a person. God promises to dwell with us. He is our advocate, comforter, teacher, a friend (John 14:26). You must realize that eternal life is not all about a location or a state of being. Yes, there is a physical location called heaven. Yes, our new bodies will be without sin (1 Cor. 15:44) when we live and reign with him forever. However, what is great about this promised Holy Spirit is that we will have an intimate relationship with God. That’s what heaven is all about!
Think for a moment about your life. What really matters in the end? Is it money? Prestige? Health? Education? These desires are not bad, but they can never fully satisfy. Money can’t buy happiness. Prestige may increase your self-esteem, but then you may wonder whether people care about the “real” you or the “successful” you. Good health is a wonderful feeling, but it can’t last forever. And finally, education may give you cerebral euphoria, but your understanding will always be limited.
Let me ask the question again. What really matters? The answer, of course, is relationships. Your parents, spouse, children, and close friends remind you that they are the most important asset to your well-being. If this is the case, then how much greater is a relationship with our Heavenly Father?
He has promised to comfort us during affliction. God will redeem us from tribulation (Ps. 40). Jesus guarantees us this inheritance. This promise can’t be erased. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He is the Ultimate Judge. Jesus makes the final decision. Scripture says He will “judge the living and the dead (1 Pet. 4:5). The promised Holy Spirit is our eternal inheritance.
But here is the problem. We live in a sinful, broken world. All of us have been lied to by loved ones. Betrayal is a common theme in modern times. It’s all over the news. Inside all of us, there is a desire to trust. However, over time, society tears down this admirable attribute. That’s why in the media we hear this all the time: “If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.” In other words, there must be some hidden scheme behind the promise.
Humanity needs to fight this falsehood. God’s word tells us that He will give us an eternal inheritance. He promises to never leave us or forsake us. Listen to these powerful words in Romans 8:38-39 by the Apostle Paul:
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Profound words. Death can’t separate you from the creator of this universe. God’s most powerful creatures, angels, can’t stand in your way. There is no mountain, valley, or terrain that can keep you from within the bounds of our heavenly Father. Nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Simply amazing! God promises Himself, the Holy Spirit, as an eternal inheritance.
You might ask, “So what then do I do?” The keyword is trust. Trust that God will do this. Trust that He is a good heavenly Father. Trust that He will uphold his bargain of the deal and give you an eternal inheritance. In one of my favorite movies, God’s Not Dead, Pastor Dave says a catchy phrase: “God is good all the time. All the time God is good.” When you start believing this truth, your heart will be open to the gospel message. Let me pray for you.
Dear heavenly Father,
You have promised your Holy Spirit as an eternal inheritance. The Bible says you will never leave us or forsake us. You called Abraham from the land of Ur. You promised Him a great nation. You told Him to count the stars in the sky because that’s how many descendants He will have.
Today, there are over a billion people that profess faith in Christ. You held to this promise. How much more shall we trust you with our eternal lives? You told us that neither death nor angels, nor principalities shall be able to stand in between our relationship. This love is so powerful.
We confess today that we are sinners. We ask that you forgive us of our sins. Create in us a clean heart, O God. Do not cast your Holy Spirit away from us. Your word promises us an eternal inheritance when we abide in your love. Thanks for the greatest promise the world has ever known. Amen.