1:15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your
love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention
of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of
glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of
Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened;
Christian Life has 2 dimensions:
12:30 Love the Lord your God and your neighbor
knew these two things were the just the tip of the iceberg
Paul’s prayer, same as in all the prison epistles.
is not for health, wealth, or material things
prays for spiritual perception and real Christian character.
- He Prays
first of all for spiritual wisdom and revelation
Holy Spirit is the one who reveals all spiritual wisdom
you cannot hear from the Holy Spirit if you have not opened your heart to hear
13:13 Jesus said Seeing they see not and hearing they hear not
He prays they may know God, not only as Savior, but as Father friend and guide
63:1 O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My
flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.
26:9 With my soul I have desired You in the night, Yes, by my spirit within me
I will seek You early; For when Your judgments are in the earth, The
inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
Ephesians 1:11 In Him
also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the
purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12
that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. 13 In
Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your
salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit
of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of
the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
The whole section from verse 1-14 tells us everything He does is to the
praise of His glory. We see in this section
today how to be saved. You hear, you
trust in the Gospel and having believed you are sealed with the Holy Spirit
until the day He comes back to get us.
There are 5 great things that come with being Sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. The sealing work of the Spirit is mentioned 2
other places in the Scripture, 2Corinthians 1:22 and Ephesians 4:30
1. A seal on a legal document means it is a
finished contract or transaction
You know what the seal means? We are
not in the process of getting saved. When you put your faith in Jesus Christ
God gave you the Holy Spirit and said - That is a finished transaction.
means security and protection.. We are secure in Christ - Hebrews
3. Authenticity… It’ real, we are a genuine child of God - Ro
When God gives us His Holy Spirit He is saying
this is an authentic child of the King. The only authentic Christian is the one
who possesses the Holy Spirit, who’s sealed with a mark of authenticity.
4. Ownership…He owns us - 1Co 6:19-20
5. Authority and power - Read the the eighth
chapter of Esther. Esther wanted the king to settle a certain issue. So she
said, Okay, you make the edict, king, and you sign it with your seal and we'll
carry it out. And so they're walking around with this letter from the king. And
it's a sign of authority. Esther 3:8-15,
We have His authority and
power in our lives over sin, suffering, and temptation. The Authority to preach the Gospel and go in
His name since He has sent us Mt. 28:20
essence, the “deposit” of the Holy Spirit is a little bit of heaven in
believers’ lives with a guarantee of much more yet to come.
is The guarantee of our inheritance – The Holy Spirit – This means He will
never leave us or forsake us Hebrews 13:5