“In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation- having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.” -Eph. 1.13-14
There is something despicable about trying to function as a Christian in this world without the known help of the Holy Spirit. He is the Comforter, the Purifier, the Lifter of our heads, the Revealer, the Empowerer, and He opens us up to the realities and possibilities of grace. Paul called the promise of the Spirit a “pledge of our inheritance,” and that pledge, consciously experienced, is the great seal of God upon our lives.
For the idealist, which we humans basically all are, this life is mostly made up of disappointments and let-downs. As we chase after the wind of worldly attainment, we find that hope and joy are fleeting things, and that men will eventually fall shorter of our expectations than we had hoped at one point or another. But there is a promise that never fades. Indeed, it enlarges in scope and brightens in light as the Day of the Lord draws near. Hear Charles Spurgeon on this:
We have many ungratified desires at present, but soon every wish shall be satisfied; and all our powers shall find the sweetest employment in that eternal world of joy. O Christian, antedate heaven for a few years. Within a very little time thou shalt be rid of all thy trials and thy troubles. Thine eyes now suffused with tears shall weep no longer. Thou shalt gaze in ineffable rapture upon the splendour of Him who sits upon the throne. Nay, more, upon His throne shalt thou sit. The triumph of His glory shall be shared by thee; His crown, His joy, His paradise, these shall be thine, and thou shalt be co-heir with Him who is the heir of all things.
There are many desires the Lord Himself has given us that we have yet to see fulfilled. But the presence of the Spirit reminds us that there is a Kingdom coming which is greater than all the kingdoms of this world. There is a King approaching who is unlike any ruler in history. There is a perfect justice coming. There is a holy government emerging. There will be an ending to the domination of sin over the earth. There will be a final blow dealt against sickness, disease, and death itself. There will be an end to the pain and misery that mankind has suffered as a result of immorality and wickedness. God is coming, saints. And He has sealed that promise by giving us His own Spirit.
Are you receiving new life from His Spirit today? He gives Himself freely to those who have repented and believed the Gospel of His Son. There is no striving necessary and no performance required. The only thing you need to do is obey Him with a whole heart, however weak, and from that place, receive the joy, power, and life that He gives so lavishly.
If you ask for bread, dear believer, He will not give you a stone. “Ask, and it shall be given to you.”