6. Tell | Sealed: An Easter Devotion
Join us for our six-part Bible Study series, Sealed: An Easter Devotion, looking at what was sealed and established in Jesus' journey to the cross, through his death and resurrection and into eternity. The study is available to view online, on social media or freely printable for all in multiple sizes. It is available to use for anyone seeking to encounter Christ.
This six-part devotional was written by Mission Leader Rosy Keane of The Salvation Army Women's Ministries of New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa. The word ‘seal’ means to establish or secure something definitively. In the same manner, Sealed: An Easter Devotion will explore all that was established and secured through the six themes.
6. Tell | Sealed: An Easter Devotion
‘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.’ - Ephesians 1:13-14
At the start of this devotion, we read that ‘seal’ means to ‘establish or secure something definitively’. Of the five studies so far, what did you see was established or secured definitively in each?
- the seal of anointing on Christ,
- the seal of betrayal with a kiss,
- the seal of Christ’s future in his willful obedience,
- the seal of ‘It is done’ in Christ’s atoning death,
- and the seal of the resurrection in securing eternal life.
Which of these has resonated most with you? Which has been the newest concept? Which one had you not thought deeply about before? Why do you think that is?
Christ has won the victory and eternal life is ours if we believe and follow Jesus, taking up completely after him. But Jesus doesn’t leave us alone in our journey. He promised to send us the ‘Comforter’, ‘Advocate’ and ‘Helper’— the Holy Spirit. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 says, ‘Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.’
The Holy Spirit is the seal of our inheritance, the promise of eternal life with God. That eternal life begins right now! Galatians 5:22-23 tells us the fruit of the Spirit are to be produced in us today, in ever-increasing measure as we bake in the light of God through Holy Spirit’s wisdom. Who is someone you know who shows the fruit of the Spirit? What do you imagine God could grow in you, if you let Wisdom do her work? Do you know Holy Spirit yourself? Write down any questions you have and take them to a wise, trusted Christian, and God, in prayer. God wants you to know and be known.
The wind is the wind because of its movement. So too with our Holy Spirit. Telling the story of Christ is a natural movement of those filled with the supernatural breath and holy seal of Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8).
Holy Spirit moves us, comforts us, shapes us, fills us, guides us, transforms us, convicts us and completes us as we seek after God. Holy Spirit is God and helps us know God and tell of God to others. When we are people of the Spirit, we move with the Spirit and speak to others with spirit-filled words (1 Corinthians 2:13).
Read Ephesians 1:13-14 aloud. What is the inheritance this speaks of? What comes to mind as you think about this scripture? Pray and ask God to show you a time Holy Spirit was at work within you.
Read Romans 8, then reflect. Why does Holy Spirit intercede for us? What does that look like? What would you like to more about?
Prayer: In a time of silence, seek the Holy Spirit’s voice daily for seven days.
Thoughtful Breath by Rosy Keane
'Live every day
resuscitated in your resurrection.
And remember to breathe that restoration air so deeply.
Revel in it.
Be suspicious of easy comfort.
Love is an exercise, so practice it while hurting. Muscles grow through being torn, healing and being put to use again.
So too, with love.
Hope floats lightly, grasp it tightly
And remember, all revolution appears unruly at first.
You must trust the salt in the air, catch the wave while it unfurls by your board. Touch it with your feet. Enjoy the way the water bites back. Know that the fringes are your friend, and God works in places that haven’t got the signage, yet. Certainty is only for historians. Holy Spirit speaks in prompts and callings, She whispers for those to follow, not because She is cryptic, but because the instructions are gentle and meant for
and mystic gardeners of the deep,
not war machines.
Do these, elemental things,
Bread, Blood, Water, Fire, Spirit,
Thou blessed Body, and soar.'