The Nature of Sealing
A Sermon on Ephesians 1:13
In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, (ESV)
The timing of the sealing of the Holy Spirit is a contested topic. It is a topic that raises many other questions. One could be tempted to ignore the subject or teach it in such a way as to minimize the difficulties with the doctrine. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, thoughtfully engages this topic and the difficult questions head on. We cannot ignore the teaching of Holy Scripture. Instead we must carefully examine the Bible and conform our lives according to it. By looking at the teaching of the New Testament on the work of the Holy Spirit and invoking great theologians and pastors of the church, Lloyd-Jones says we must emphasize the experimental aspect of the sealing of Holy Spirit that occurs after we believe the gospel. He challenges the people of God to consider whether they have experienced the sealing of the Spirit. Is there an unmistakable experience that has occurred, resulting in a great assurance, joy in Christ, or love for God deep within our hearts? Lloyd-Jones cautions us to distinguish between the sealing of the Spirit and particular gifts of the Holy Spirit that may or may not come as He dispenses gifts as He sees fit.