Introduction

–  He made a promise to Eve that her seed would bruise the head of the serpent and sent Jesus to do it.
–  He made a promise to Noah that an ark of gopher wood would be his salvation and never again would he destroy the world through floods.
–  He promised Abram a seed that would be his and Sara’s, a land that would be ruled forever by his offspring and that his name would be great.
–  He promised Jacob that even though he was a thief, God changed his name to Israel and changed his destiny.
–  He gave Joseph a dream, a promise, that the one who lived in the dungeon would become the deliverer of the sons of Abraham.
–  He made a promise to the Jewish nation and sent Moses to deliver them.
–  He made a promise to Joshua and gave him “every place where the sole of his foot trod…” the promised land was his!
–  He made a promise to Gideon and whipped the Midianites with clay jars and a shout.
–  He made a promise to Ruth and she is named in the lineage of the Savior.
–  He made a promise to Rahab and she is remembered as well.
–  He made a promise to Ester and she saw the deliverance of her people.
–  He made a promise to little Samuel and spoke to him all his life.
–  He made a promise to a shepherd boy who became a king who bears the anointed lineage that produced the King      of Kings. And David is forever hailed as the one God would not leave or forsake; a promise kept.
–  He made a promise to Solomon and dwelt in the temple that Solomon made with his hands.
–  To Hezikiah, God sent the shadows backwards, healed him and gave him 15 more years.
–  To Nehemiah, he restored the broken walls and crushed the spirit of his people.
–  To all the prophets, he promised the provision of a Messiah.
A Savior would come!

Discussion: What pattern do you see through these events in the Bible? Do you think God wants to do this for you?
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God keeps His Promises!
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A study in Ephesians:

I want to talk about the great promise God made to His church that is found in…

Ephesians 1:13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,

Last week, we talked about the word “sealed.”

A seal…
1.  Authenticated an item
– You have been stamped with God’s approval, you are the real deal.
2.  Protects and keeps
–  His seal keeps us and protects us from the devil’s devises.
3.  A mark of ownership
– The mark of the Savior is on your life.

But what you and I are sealed with is even more important!

Look at the words: Eph. 1:13 “The Holy Spirit of Promise”

A little Bible study on the Holy Spirit:

–  The Holy Spirit is not an “it” but a person.
–  He is not Casper the friendly ghost, but the third person of the Trinity.

Jesus told the disciples about Him at the last supper.

John 14:16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;

“Another helper” comes from the word “allos” which means another, not different but of the same essence.

“Helper” comes from the word “paracletos” which means comforter, helper, advocate, one called alongside.

This one to come will be with you forever…never leave, never forsake, will always tell the truth because He is the Spirit of Truth. You can trust Him!

John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

John 15:26 When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me,

In other words, it is the Holy Spirit that gives evidence of Jesus in your life.
–  He is the power source in your life that changes you.
–  Before you testify to the words that Jesus is real, the Holy Spirit gives evidence to you that Jesus really is in your life.

John 16:8 And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;
Sin – they do not believe in Him.
Righteousness – they will look at your life and see Jesus in you.
Judgement – the ruler of this world has been measured and found wanting.

John 16:13  But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.
–  He will be your Guide.
–  He will tell you the truth.
–  He will give you discernment in the affairs of this life.

And then on the night of the first Easter, Resurrection Day, Jesus delivered on His promise.

John 20:22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
The same thing God did to give life to the dead clay figure, He had made in the garden.
New life through the Spirit of God begins.

–  The same thing God did to give life to the dead clay figure He had made in the garden.
–  New life through the Spirit of God begins.

Discussion: How does it change your perspective of the Holy Spirit if you think of Him as a person and not “it”?

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Acts 1:4 Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me;

–  What God promises, He delivers!
–  An overwhelming anointing that would fill the inside to overflowing.

That is what took place on Pentecost:
Acts 2:39  For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.

For the promise…
–  the one who would be with you always
–  never forsake
–  tell the truth
–  testify to you so you can testify to others
–  teach you all things
–  will be your guide
–  give you discernment in the affairs of this life

What God promises, He delivers!
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Ephesians 1:13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,

What does a person’s life look like who is walking in the truth?

What does the seal look like?
–  Sweetness of spirit
–  Kindness/gentleness
–  Wisdom/comfort
–  Confidence instead of control
–  Quietness in the storms

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Discussion: What does “walking in the spirit” look like in our lives?
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Close

Eternal life is not just quantity but quality.

Paul’s prayer is for you today:

The eyes of your heart enlightened so you will know…
1. The hope of His calling
2. The riches of this inheritance
3. The greatness of His power

And all of this is because of the Holy Spirit of Promise and God keeps His promises!

Do you need what Holy Spirit promised today?
If your life looks more like the world and less like…
–  sweetness of spirit
–  kindness/gentleness
–  wisdom/comfort
–  confidence instead of control
–  quietness in the storms

Come to Him!
Ask Him for what He promises!
He is here to do what He said He would!

Discussion: In what areas of your life do you need to change the way you walk? (to walk worthy?)
If He could raise Jesus from the dead, could He give you the power over your sin?

Matthew 7:11  Ask God for the Holy Spirit! He gives good things and He will not withhold it (Him) from you!

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