Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
The truth of the gospel is made powerful when you wait on God with great hope – Part 2.
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. (Ephesians 1:13, NKJV)
In Him you also trusted after you heard the word of truth. In Him refers to Jesus Christ as the context reveals. It is in Christ we trust after hearing the word of truth. Trust is inserted by the translators, though it is true, it was not needed to be put there. We were placed in Christ after we responded to the message proclaimed to us, the good news of the gospel. As you meditate upon this passage wait for God with hope to give you understanding to the blessings that are yours being placed in Christ (Read and meditate upon Romans 3:21-26, 6:11, 6:23, 8:1-2, 8:38-39 and 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 1:30, and 15:22; 2 Corinthians 2:14, 3:14, and 5:17-19; Galatians 2:16, 3:13-14, 3:26-29, 5:6, and 6:15; Ephesians 1:3, 1:7-14, 2:6-10, 2:13, 3:6, and 4:32; Philippians 3:9 and 3:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:16 and 5:18; 2 Timothy 1:9, 2:1, 2:10, 3:12, and 3:15; and 1 Peter 5:14).
The gospel of your salvation. The word of truth is defined for us as the gospel of our salvation. Salvation is ours in Christ is indeed good news, and that is the faith preached to us by the faithful messengers of the gospel. Romans 10:17 is right on point as it says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” The word of truth is spoken to us and we respond in faith. Waiting on God brings understanding. Know the word of truth is the gospel or our salvation. Hear the word of God and act in faith.
In whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. Our faith, our belief in Christ, is validated by being sealed with the Holy Spirit promised to the Church by Christ and to the world by the Old Testament prophets. Sealed in the Greek is to set a seal upon or to mark with a seal. The Holy Spirit is the seal. This analogy can be seen in other passages which are applicable here such as:
(1) A completed transaction (Jeremiah 32:9-10: and John 17:4 and 19:30)
(2) A seal of ownership (Jeremiah 32:11-12 and 2 Timothy 2:19)
(3) Security (Esther 8:8; Daniel 6:17; and Ephesians 4:30).
This seal would then represent great truths. The Holy Spirit is indwelling us to show the transaction that purchased our redemption has been completed and the price is paid in full and we are forever secure in our salvation. Truly this is good news. Wait on God with great hope and allow these truths to come into focus.
Prayerfully meditate upon the following passages concerning the promise of the Holy Spirit. As you wait upon the Lord with hope allow the reality of your salvation, the gospel of truth, to penetrate your heart and your mind, surrendering your will to the One who purchased you. The transaction is complete; you are now God’s possession.