A Marked People

I’ve been reading through the epistles lately and was in Ephesians when I ran across a really interesting verse. Ephesians 1:13 says, “When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.” That jumped off the page to me! When we receive Christ—when we surrender our lives, come to a place where we realize we need a Savior, and give our lives to Him—God marks us. We are a marked people.

 

The evil one no longer has dominion over us. We can take control. We have the weapon of the Holy Spirit. The verse says, “He marked you with the promised Holy Spirit.” The fulfillment of this promise is that a Comforter will come and lead you into all truth and be your guide.

 

So how do we know that we're marked? Well, before the book of Ephesians, in Galatians chapter five it talks about the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. When we exhibit those kinds of behaviors and attitudes to all we come in contact with we show our mark. We show that we are marked by the promised Holy Spirit. And when the Spirit marks us, we become dispensers of the fruit of the Spirit.