Summary: Praising the Spirit for His blessings in our lives
Dorothy Sayers tells of a Japanese convert struggling to grasp Christian theology. "Honorable Father, very good," he said to his missionary teacher. "Honorable Son, very good. But Honorable Bird, I do not understand at all" (Nelson’s Complete Book of Stories, Illustrations & Quotes, 437).
"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after they 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."
The Spirit is described as "that holy Spirit of promise." He is the Holy Spirit of promise in two ways:
(1) He was promised by the Father and the Son;
(2) He is the guarantee that all God’s promises to the believer will be fulfilled.
These promises are described as our "INHERITANCE."
This passage tells us that there are two ways the Spirit guarantees that we will one day receive our promised inheritance:
(1) He is our SEAL;
(2) He is our EARNEST.
As a seal, the Holy Spirit guarantees that WE WILL BE KEPT SAFELY FOR THE INHERITANCE.
As an earnest, the Holy Spirit guarantees that THE INHERITANCE WILL BE KEPT SECURELY FOR US.
Not only is the inheritance kept for us; we are kept for it.
"Blessed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, RESERVED IN HEAVEN FOR YOU, WHO ARE KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time" (1 Peter 1:3-4 (quickview) ).
OUR INHERITANCE IS RESERVED; WE ARE PRESERVED.
I. AS A SEAL, THE HOLY SPIRIT GUARANTEES THAT WE WILL KEPT SAFELY FOR THE INHERITANCE (v. 13).
"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."
The sealing of which Paul speaks here refers to an official mark of identification that was placed on a letter, contract, or other important document. The seal usually was made from hot wax, which was placed on the document and then impressed with a signet ring. The document was thereby officially identified with and under the authority of the person to whom the signet belonged.