May 1, 2010

Sealed with a... breath: Ephesians 1:13-14

I know we are moving slowly through Ephesians, but I want it to be that- a study, not something we rush through. I have so much that comes to me as I read this. Yet I do not want to bumrush us all with information overload. Now on to Ephesians 1:13-14:

Ephesians 1:13-14 (New King James Version)

13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who[a] is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

There is a process here that is depicted:
You Hear the gospel
You Trust and believe in Jesus
You are sealed with the holy Spirit
I want to focus on the segment of scripture that says, " having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of  Promise".

The words seal :
Main Entry: 3 seal :

Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English sele, seel, from Anglo-French seal, sel, from Latin sigillum seal, from diminutive of signum sign, seal — more at sign
Date: 13th century
1 a : something that confirms, ratifies, or makes secure : guarantee, assurance

and promise:

a declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specified b : a legally binding declaration that gives the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act

jumps out at me.

The old testament is full of promises. Promise of the Messiah, Promise of  a"land flowing with milk and honey". There is the promise of restoration to the PROMISED Land, promise of  the Kingdom of God restored on earth. One such promise that God appointed to all flesh, was the promise of his own Spirit.
 Joel 2:28 And afterward,

I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.

Looking ahead for a moment at Ephesians 3:16, we see that we are strengthened with might by his indwelling Spirit.

16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

In Acts 2:16 Peter responds to the crowds amazement at what they were hearing outside the walls of an upstairs room. He says that what you are hearing 

16... is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17" 'In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
18Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
19I will show wonders in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.'[c]

It was with the sound as of a rushing mighty WIND that God, breathed into the believers that were waiting on the release of the Holy spirit. This was the manifestation of the promise God made in Isaiah 28:11, that declares with "stammering lips and with other tongues" will I speak to this people.

Just like When God made man, in the beginning of the world,  he BREATHED into his nostrils and man became a living soul; when we are re-born, God breathes into us again.

When God breathes in us, there is a cycle of breathing in and out. As he pours into the believer, we pour out, and he continues to pour in.

Now when we look at John 1, it tells us that in the beginning was the WORD and the WORD was God. The scriptures also tell us that GOD is a SPIRIT ( John 4:24). We are also told that GOD is HOLY ( 1 Peter 1:16). So the HOLY SPIRIT is GOD who is THE WORD.

This Holy God Breathes His Spirit into us, which is Him imparting himself to the believer, sealing him as a son of God- for if we have not the Spirit of God we are none of  his (Romans 8:9)
God seals us as born again with his breath, that manifests as God enabled words. These words flow, for Jesus said that "rivers of living water will flow"( John7:37-39)

Why Words?
The Power of life and death is in the tongue ( Rpoverbs 18:21)
"But the tongue , no MAN, can tame.." ( James 3:8)
controlling the tongue, in a sense, controls the whole body ( James 3:2)

John 3:8
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

When one is born of the Spirit, as you must be to see the kingdom of heaven ( John 3:5), there is something that is heard. What is heard? The God-enabled language that flows forth from his  belly, or innermost being.

Consider This:
In John 7:37-38 When Jesus Says He that believeth on me  AS THE SCRIPTURE HAS SAID, out his belly ( innermost being) shall FLOW RIVERS OF LIVING WATER

*The word "flow" here is the greek word E-R-E-O which is the strengthened form of the greek word R-H-E-O. RHEO is the verb that becomes the noun RHEMA. So the word translated FLOW is actually speaking about words.  So the flow here, is a flow of supernatural words. *

Romans 10:17 tells us
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Acts 2
1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord[a] in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. 7 Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born?

12 So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?”

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. 15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this [what you HEAR] is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 ‘ And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;

The indwelling Spirit of God is our confirmation and the sealant of the believer. As Peter asked the disciples of John: " Have you received the holyghost, since you believed ( Acts 19:2-6)?"

Well, Have you?

If you want to receive the indwelling Spirit of God that he has promised to all believers with the confirming evidence of speaking in a new language with a new tongue you can personally contact me to pray with you.

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