28th November 2011

Signed, Sealed And Delivered

“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
Ephesians 4:30 (NIV)

Salvation is a gift from God to humanity. Apart from believing and accepting, there is nothing that we can do, or have to do, in order to receive the gift. God the Father has already qualified us for salvation, without asking our permission, as we are told in Colossians 1:12, “And giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.” We are to rejoice and praise God that our names are written in heaven. (Luke 10:20).

The Holy Spirit has been given as a seal to guarantee the gift of salvation. “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession —to the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:13-14).

Our salvation has been secured by the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. It always depended on him, not on what we do or don’t do, but on Christ alone. That is why he was sent by the Father, to rescue and save us. (Colossians 1:13). “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved”. (Acts 4:12). Jesus has secured a great salvation for us. Read it in 2 Timothy 1:9:  “who has saved us and called us to a holy life —not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time”.

We have received a great salvation which has been signed, sealed and delivered. The Father qualified us for salvation, the Spirit guarantees it and the Son secured it. Our role is simply to believe and accept this precious gift, the pearl of great price.

Prayer
Thank you, Father, for the salvation that Jesus won for us on the cross and the perfect life which he lived on our behalf. We thank you that, as your children, we can now come boldly before your throne of grace and let all our requests be made known to you.
Amen

Study by Sherwin Scott 

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