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Ephesians 4:30

Ephesians 4:30

DO NOT GRIEF THE HOLY SPIRIT must not be separated from the previous verse. Malicious, sacrilegious, or impure language that harms others "causes pain or suffering" to the third Person of the Holy Trinity. The children of God are the temple of God because the Holy Spirit dwells in them (1 Cor 3:16,17). Contaminating the souls of believers, suggesting impure or doubtful thoughts to them, is a desecration of the temple of God and an offense to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit who indwells believers and who freely gives Himself to them in love is deeply wounded whenever such irreverent and destructive language occurs. But unclean speech is not the only conduct that grieves the Spirit that dwells within us. The believer also grieves Him by inattention and by all forms of disobedience and conscious (continuous) sin. In which you are sealed for the day of redemption. SEALED, seal or brand made by the seal. At the time of the New Testament, letters, contracts and official documents were closed with a drop of warm wax on which the signer pressed his identification.
This metaphor aims at at least two thoughts regarding the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the heart of the believer.

  1. To be sealed means to be attested or declared genuine.
  2. To be sealed by the Holy Spirit means to be possessed or recognized completely and unequivocally by the Spirit. When we are sealed with the Holy Spirit it is a sign that we no longer belong to ourselves, but to God.