God's Holy Fire: 'Marked with His Seal'

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

ToGather: Our Father's Grace Becomes Our Mission

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And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, ...
— Ephesians 1:13 NIV

Key Thought

When we first came to Jesus, he poured out the Holy Spirit upon us, to live in us as God's gift, presence, and power within us (Acts 2:38-39; Titus 3:3-7). The Holy Spirit is also our proof that we are children of God (Romans 8:9). In today's verse, Paul adds another powerful image — a royal seal — to help us understand who we are because of the presence of the Holy Spirit. In New Testament times, a royal official would use a seal to confirm his or her correspondence. The message would be sealed with wax, and while the wax was still warm, the official used a ring to leave the royal imprint showing the message was true and carried the authority of the wearer of the ring. The Holy Spirit is God's authoritative sign that we are his! He claims us! We are not only his messengers, but also his message, and we are authentic and true.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for making me your child through the new birth and for giving me the seal of the Holy Spirit showing that I am yours. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

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Illustration of Ephesians 1:13 NIV — And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, ...

About This Devotional

God's Holy Fire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Thoughts and Prayer for God's Holy Fire are written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.
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