Monday, June 3, 2013

A Study in Ephesians: Slight correction

Rather than going back and correcting all the related posts, I'm going to provide an asterisk to this one post here. If anyone has read those past posts already, they may miss me going back to update them.

The correction is this: the Holy Spirit is not the active agent in your being sealed as a believer. You are sealed with the Holy Spirit by Jesus Christ. We can see that plainly in John the Baptist's declaration concerning the work of Jesus in Matthew 3:11.

The first time through, I missed the tiny preposition with:

Ephesians 1:13 When you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed in Him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. (emphasis mine)

For the most part, it doesn't change my overall teachings, but I am constantly evaluating what I teach to make sure it is in line with the true meaning of the Word.