I have talked about a “Foretaste,” or an “Earnest,” before, but I wasn’t talking about the Holy Spirit at the time As you already know, a foretaste is an advance taste or realization. The Bible calls it an earnest—“the earnest of our inheritance” (Ephesians 1:14). It means to bring a taste of the whole before we have the whole. Our inheritance is Christ himself—and the Holy Spirit brings us into his very presence as a foretaste of being received as his bride, enjoying everlasting love and communion with him.
Paul describes the people of God who are “sealed with that Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 1:13). This is talking about people specially marked by a work of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit has produced in them a distinguishing mark, a glorious inner work—something supernatural that has changed them forever.
They aren’t ordinary believers anymore. They are no longer “of this world,” ever since they set their affections on things above, not on the things of this earth. They aren’t moved by the world’s events; they are unshakable. They are no longer lukewarm or halfhearted. Instead, their hearts cry out night and day, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus . . .”
What happened to them? What did the Holy Spirit do in these believers? Before, when I was talking about the Holy Spirit being an “Earnest,” I was talking specifically about the “Holy Spirit,” being our “Foretaste,” our “Earnest.” What we did not discuss is what marked and sealed the believers forever as the Lord’s possession! What I am referring to is how the Holy Spirit given us a foretaste of the glory of his presence! He came to us, rolled back heaven—and we have experienced a supernatural manifestation of his exceeding greatness! He has given us “a little heaven” to go to heaven with—he whet our appetite for our Father’s glory.
What kind of bride do you think the Spirit is going to present to Jesus Christ on that day of revelation? One who is halfhearted? Whose love is lukewarm, or cold? Who isn’t devoted to Jesus? Who doesn’t want intimacy with Christ? Of course not! If you truly love Jesus, he is never out of your mind. He is present in your every waking moment. Some Christians think, “That will happen after I die. When I get to heaven, everything will change. I will become the special bride of the Lord then.” No, dying doesn’t sanctify anybody! This Holy Spirit is here today. He is alive and working in you. Why? To produce in you a passionate love for your Lord on this side of death!
Romans 8:26 describes one of the most powerful works of the Holy Spirit in the heart of the believer. “the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.”
The Greek word used for groaning means “a yearning”—a longing for more of Christ. You can yearn after Jesus so much that you sit in his presence and nothing comes out but a deep groaning—something that cannot be uttered. It says, “Jesus, you’re the only happiness there is in this world. I have tasted and seen that you’re good—and I want all of you.”
This is the mark of one who is walking in the Spirit. He has an insatiable appetite for Jesus. Like Paul, he is just anxious to depart and be with the Lord!
I love you, Father, you make me strong. You are the bedrock under my feet, the castle in which I live, my rescuing knight. My God—the high crag where I run for dear life, hiding behind the boulders, safe in the granite hideout (Psalm 18:1-2). Thank you, Father. I celebrate your Spirit who is alive in me.
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