The first verse that mentions we have been “sealed” with the Holy Spirit is what caught my attention.
The word sealed indicates some form of contact happening – whether it’s referring to seal as to mark something or as to close something tightly, it does imply that the Holy Spirit is somehow touching us. Reading through the other verses we see more of the instructions we are charged to live by if we want to honor God intentionally.
We are charged to get rid of bitterness, anger, malice, any hint of sexual immorality, out of place jokes or comments, putting other things before God, etc. It charges us to walk in love for one another, to be compassionate, kind. Verse 2 (of chapter 5) says that we should walk in love JUST as Christ himself loved us to the point of giving his own self as a fragrant offering, a sacrifice to God.
Loving people as a sacrifice to God is NOT easy. It’s easy to love when we are treated with love and respect but how about loving as Christ loves us when the person clearly does not “deserve” it. Haha, even writing the word “deserve” makes it more obvious to me how undeserving we were of Christ’s love, “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
So, back to the word “sealed with the Holy Spirit.” For this post, we’ll translate sealed to mean marked. Being marked with the Holy Spirit gives us a brand-new identity. It unlabels us from what we once were and labels us to do all the things to intentionally honor God.
The enemy will ALWAYS try to convince you in subtle or obvious ways that who you were is who you’ll always be. You’ll always be easily angered, always love gossip, always have an urge for sexual things that do not honor God, always be careless with your money and resources. I mean the list of things that the enemy will always want to drag you down with is endless.
But Ephesians 4:30 says YOU have been unlabeled from those things and marked BY the Holy Spirit of God for redemption. So when you get the queasy stomach feeling and are tempted to question your identity or competency because of things you see in your environment or on social media, remind yourself this:
“I have been unlabeled by the Holy Spirit Himself and He has marked ME for redemption.”
Remind yourself that because you are newly labeled by the Holy Spirit, you have authority to walk in love, compassion, to not hold on to anger or greed, to be mindful of things you say, to exercise self-control, etc.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 NIV
That’s it, friends! We’re coming to the end of this study series soon & I hope it will be a blessing in your daily life.
Stay blessed and a blessing,