Welcome back to our online Inductive Bible Study on the book of Ephesians, “Free from Bondage God’s Way” by Kay Arthur. We just completed Week Two, “Secure and Seated with Jesus!” Wow! What an amazing week of study it has been again! When you take the time to diligently study God’s Word, you will discover marvelous truths in a fresh new light, no matter how many times you may have read the chapter. It’s like panning for gold. You sift, and sift, and sift until you discover priceless nuggets of truth you may have missed previously. And we don’t want to miss a thing!
Our major focus of study this week was on our relationship with the Holy Spirit and what it means in the life of the believer.
“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.” Ephesians 1:13
Not only do we have the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us in our daily lives, we have been sealed with the Holy Spirit. It’s a done deal! Once sealed, always sealed! And with a seal comes power. It’s a sign of authenticity. Kings long ago wore signet rings with the insignia of an official engraved into the head of the ring. They would dip the ring in hot wax, and the image of that ring validated an official document, such as a proclamation which became law. We even have seals today to validate important documents….a notary seal, a gold seal from the secretary of state, and I even recall my father saying to me in my younger days, “you have my seal of approval.”
When we are sealed with the Holy Spirit, we are secure, and we belong to God. He has given us His down payment, which is a guarantee that the full price will be paid when we stand before Him blameless in our redeemed spiritual bodies.
So how do we become sealed with the Holy Spirit? The moment we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, His Holy Spirit takes up residency within us, and then God seals us for all eternity. We have eternal security and protection and nothing can cause the Lord to forsake us, because His Spirit has sealed us in Him forever. This is a guarantee that will never expire. Therefore, what should our response be to God?
- Believe Him
- Have faith in Him
- Trust Him
- Praise Him
As we prepare to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, think about what He did for you on the cross. Then praise Him for sending His Holy Spirit to you and securely sealing you for all eternity.
Kay Arthur writes in the Thought for the Week…
“When you come to know the Lord Jesus Christ, you move into another realm spiritually. You become a member of His body, and you are permanently seated with the Lord Jesus Christ in the heavenly places.”
BIBLE STUDY TIP: Prepare your heart. Talk to God about things you may need to confess, and enter your study time peacefully and without anything that may block you from receiving revelation during your study time.
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:
- Join a small group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students. http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCInductiveStudies/
- Complete your study of Week Three, “Grace that Covers and Provides.”
- Pray before you begin your study. Ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.
- Do an online word study on “Sealed” (Ephesians 1:13) at www.blueletterbible.org. Instructions for doing a word study are located in “Files” in the Inductive Studies chat room.
- Store in your heart Ephesians 1:18-19 (Week Two, Day Seven).
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in small groups or post a comment here)
- Describe the difference between your life in Christ and before Christ.
- What does it mean to be sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise? (Ephesians 1:13)
- How can we be sure we are sealed with the Holy Spirit?
- What does it mean to be holy and blameless before Him? (Ephesians 1:4) In light of this, how are we to live?
- What does the Spirit of God have to do with your redemption? (Ephesians 1:7,14)
- What is the most significant thing you learned in your study this week? How will you apply this to your life?