Sermon Titled “The Role of The Spirit of God” (Ephesians 1:11-14) – Sunday 20th October, 2013
- Ephesians 1:11-14 11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 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, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
In the sermons preceding this one, Pastor Reimer explained the role of God the Father and God the Son, but God the Spirit was the focus of last weekend’s sermon. Understanding the three dimensions of God is certainly not easy, but if we can accept that God is not limited to the parameters of what we know to be a three-dimensional universe, then we’re halfway there. Pastor Reimer used the following diagram to illustrate what God-as-three persons looks like:
Many analogies can be found online which attempt to explain the diagram above. For example, one person used a math perspective, suggesting that the Trinity would be more like 1 x 1 x 1 = 1, as opposed to 1 + 1 + 1 = 3. In another example, it was suggested that the Trinity is like H2O being water, ice, and steam; all of these are different forms, yet they are all H2O. Still, these are attempts to make comparisons with an entity so complex and beyond the depth of human understanding, that God calls us to have faith and just believe!
It’s upon believing that God then marks us with the seal of His Spirit, securing our salvation and providing for us a helper who guides us on our path as new believers. Rob Barnes, an elder at Silver Creek church in Oregon, provides a list of verses which show some of the many ways that the Holy Spirit serves to help us.
Remember though, that God the Spirit is promised only to those who hear the Word of God and believe it. He comes to us when we accept Christ as our Savior and are baptized and “born again.” It is God the Spirit who now helps us to keep our lives free from sin, and because the Spirit cannot sin, we know that it is purely in the “human” realm that we are tempted to make sinful choices. The good news is that even though we will inevitably “fall” from time to time, the Spirit has already sealed us with the promise of salvation. I read somewhere that being sealed by the Holy Spirit is like food that has been vacuum-sealed or canned for the purpose of preservation!
Not sure about you, but knowing that I have been marked with a seal that identifies me as belonging to God, and therefore covered under His protection, gives me such a sense of peace. I encourage you once again, to read the list of verses mentioned above, so that you may be reminded of how blessed you are to live daily with the protection and guidance of the Holy Spirit. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite verses:
- Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.