Saturday, February 18, 2023

Daily Devotion: Sealed

Bible Reading:  Ephesians 1:1-14

Key Verse: Verse 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,”

Key Words: ye were sealed with that holy Spirit

The word sealed comes from the Greek word sphragizo, and it means to stamp, to keep, to preserve.

In our text, verse 13 gives us a breakdown as to what happens to us at salvation.  First of all, we hear the truth, the gospel- the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Secondly, after we hear, we believe, we accept Jesus as our Savior.  Thirdly, after we believe, the Holy Spirit seals us until the Lord returns for us.

The word sealed, again, means to be preserved, to be kept from being ruined or destroyed.  

My parents had a garden.  Looking back on it, it was more like a farm.  My mother would take and cook the vegetables that we would gather from the fields, and she would can them.  The process went something like this.  Mother would heat up a big boiler of water and put canning jars and lids in the boiling water.  Then she would take the jars out and put the cooked vegetables in them and put those hot canning lids on the jar.  As the jars and lids would cool down, you could hear the lids begin to pop.  Mother would say, “Well, they’re sealed now.”  Those vegetables were sealed until Mom would go and take them off the shelf and unseal them.  So it is with our salvation.  Once we’re saved, the Holy Spirit seals us, preserves us until the Lord comes back for us.  That’s the reason I can say, “Once saved, always saved!”  Not because of what I do, but because of what the Holy Spirit has done – sealed us until the day of redemption.

What to do:
✞ Make your salvation sure.  Are you truly born again?
✞ Thank God for His keeping power.
✞ Rest in the Holy Spirit’s keeping power.
✞ Don't exchange the permanent for the temporary.

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