Ephesians 1:13-14 “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, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession--to the praise of his glory.”
Emotions. They are so annoying. One minute, I am the most joyful person in the world and within five minutes, I am convinced that no one loves me. These strong emotions make my relationship with the Lord difficult at times. After I sin, I can
easily convince myself that my relationship with God isn’t good at all. There are even some rough moments when I’m convinced that I am not really a Christian.
The problem with this way of thinking is… the Bible. Paul tells us that once a person trusts in Christ, their salvation is secure. However, my human brain convinces me that I am the one in control of my salvation, and so every time I mess up, I get scared that God’s feelings towards me change. This is so wrong. Salvation is about God’s unchanging grace towards me, not my ever-changing emotions.
Salvation is ultimately all about God’s grace and love for us. He loves us so much that he made a way for us to be together. This has nothing to do with how close to perfect we think we are, or how many people we spread the gospel to. God’s love
for us does not change. He won’t one day decide to love us less, and nothing we do can make God love us more.
Verse 13 says, “...When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit…” Seals are something that no matter what happens, they cannot be broken. So sure, in life there will be hard times, dry seasons, and terrible
days, but just because we struggle does not mean God changes; he is immutable. Hebrews 13:8 reminds us this, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.”
We now have to begin to live lives that show others that we are marked with God’s seal. We now have the presence of God in us, and this is not something to be taken lightly. The Holy Spirit is with us so that he can help us make it to our full and final salvation. What we experience now is just the beginning of this salvation. This reality gives us a reason to keep going in the Christian life. There is so much more in store for us, so we must remember to hold tight to God’s promises, rely on Jesus' companionship, and listen to what the Holy Spirit guides us to do.