The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.
~ Ephesians 2:14 NLT
When we accepted Christ it meant that we were adopted into God’s family. By telling Jesus that his sacrifice was not in vain and we acknowledge every painful moment of the exchange we made it official that we wanted God to be our father.
We acknowledge that Jesus exchanged his holy and sinless life for our sinful actions. Every single thing that we would ever do was on that cross. Every single pain that we would feel was on that cross. Every way that we would hurt God was killed on that cross.
When Jesus died, all our transgressions died with him. And when he rose on the third day we were given new life. But sometimes that doesn’t register in our mind. Sometimes we forget that we are children of God who were set apart to do mighty things for the Kingdom. We allow life to slowly drift us away from God. Then we get to the moment where we feel so distant from God and have no idea where to start to rebuild the broken relationship.
We have unknowingly become the prodigal son, living up life and then feeling empty and lonely at the end of the day.
But God knew that some of his children would feel this way and it brings him great pain because of how deep his love is for them.
God already knew that some of us would forget who we are, so he sent himself to us in the form of the Holy Spirit. The only way God could truly guarantee who we are is by having himself tell us who we are. There is nothing in the entire universe that could garner enough trust than God himself, so it only makes sense that the Spirit of God is who can solidify us in our purpose and calling.
God’s Spirit is a reminder that we are children of God, and as his children we have an inheritance. The Holy Spirit is the guarantee that God has not forgotten about us nor has he forgotten his promise to us. God’s promises are pure and have been tested over and over again (Psalm 12:6). And with every test we see the pureness of his promise. He see how faithful God is to fulfilling his promise to us. We learn to trust him even more because he has never failed us.
The Holy Spirit also reminds us that we were purchased at a great cost. Jesus’ life and body was broken so that we would once again have the opportunity to love and be with God for all eternity. Jesus sacrificed himself so that we would no longer be stuck in our sin searching for anything to fill the void only God could.
And through the reminders of the Holy Spirit we praise and glorify God for who he is and what he does.