Ephesians 1:13.In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
Have you ever doubted your salvation? I have. Many times. Especially when I was younger. But even now sometimes I think, “How could a real Christian think like this? Or act like this? How could God really love me?”
If you’re like me, you have had numerous doubts and conversations with other Christians about the security of your own salvation.
Am I really saved?
What about now?
What about now?
And so we pray the magic prayer over and over again, re-inviting Jesus into our hearts over and over again. Re-dedicating. Re-committing our lives to Christ.
But here’s the simple problem – our eyes are on ourselves and not on God. Our security is rooted entirely in our own performance. Our own behavior. Our own feelings. It is not found in Christ alone. We are quite convinced that if we faced judgment today we would never pass the examination. But we have failed to realize once again that our judgment is no longer based on us. It’s based on Jesus. His work. It’s based on the Father. His faithfulness. It’s based on the Spirit. His seal.
Christian, how do we know that we are saved? What is the proof of that we are in Christ and have all of his spiritual blessings in the heavenly places?
The promised Holy Spirit. God himself. The Spirit of Christ who indwells us and transforms us into the image of Christ. There is no greater spiritual blessing than the Spirit of God himself. And so Paul makes it clear that when we believed in Christ we were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit.
In Paul’s day the seal of the emperor might be placed on a document or an item signifying that it truly came from the king himself (Jesus’ tomb was sealed shut by the Romans – same word). Or when a slave was purchased he or she might be branded in some way (sealed), to show ownership. It’s hard to know exactly which metaphor Paul has in mind here, but either way the seal signifies an extremely important truth for us.
We belong to God.
Say it with me – “I belong to God.”
“I will never be alone.”
“My future is secure.”
Oh, and you being sinful and messing up all the time?
Well that’s actually kind of the point of this whole chapter. We’re blessed to the praise of his glorious grace (Ephesians 1:6 and 1:12).
For many, the Christian life is full of doubts while striving to maintain a false status that was earned by righteous deeds and repeated recitations. But this is not “to live is Christ.” Union with Christ is a seal. A possession. An unbreakable presence. God himself is the guarantee of our salvation. Not a creed and not a deed. He seals us with his very own life. His presence. A presence given to us as a gracious gift, earned by the forsaking of Christ on the cross. Because he was shunned we will never be. Ours is an eternal salvation that nothing can destroy. Not even death. We are and forever will be God’s own possession. And there is no better place to be than in the possession of our glorious God. What grace!
“When I look at myself I don’t see how I can be saved. But when I look at Christ I don’t see how I can be lost.” – Martin Luther
Have you been doubting your salvation? Have your eyes been on you?
You in Christ
How will knowing that you belong to God forever change how you deal with your sin?
Christ in you
How will knowing that you belong to God forever change how you live today?
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