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, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
The word I focus on the most here is “sealed.” I think my husband described it best. He said that if a door is sealed, it is done so in a manner that it cannot be opened without damaging both the door and the frame. The items are forever altered if the seal is broken.
The New Living Translation version says,
And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. 14 The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.
He identified you as his own. We are guaranteed that he will give us the inheritance he promised. God purchased us to be his own people.
What a wonderful thing to be able to take solace in–that he purchased us to be his own people. Back in the day, an inheritance carried a lot more weight than it does today. Today it is usually a monetary sum or home, but back in the day, an inheritance also carried your reputation.
Because we believe in God, we inherit His treasures, His home–and everlasting life.