daily-devotionalsReading: “For him hath God the Father sealed.” —John 6:27

Have you ever noticed the peculiar glory of those scriptures, which comprise within such a small compass all the persons of the Godhead, as concurring and co-operating in the work of salvation? There is a peculiar blessedness in the portions of Scripture, which at one view, represent the Holy Three in One, unitedly engaged in the sinner’s redemption. Would anyone have thought that in seven words, such a blessed testimony should be given to the glorious foundation truth of the whole Bible?

Who is the “Him” here spoken of, but the Lord Jesus? And whom but God the Father could seal Christ? And with whom was Christ sealed and anointed, but by God the Holy Ghost? Lord Jesus, enable me to behold the divine authority as the warrant of faith in this gracious act of the Father. And while I view You as infinitely suited for my poor soul, in every state and under every circumstance, let my soul find confidence in the conviction that the validity of all Your gracious acts of salvation is founded in the seal of the Spirit. Yes, Thou dear Lord; it was indeed the Spirit of Jehovah that was on You, when You were anointed to “preach the gospel to the poor, to heal the broken in heart, to give deliverance to the captive, and the restoring of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

It is this Savior that is thus recommended to every poor sinner who feels a conscious want of salvation. Help, Lord, by Your blessed Spirit, us to receive a sealed Saviour, as to rest in nothing short of being sealed by Him; and while every act of love, and every tendency of grace proclaims Him as He whom God the Father has sealed, so let every act of faith, and every tendency of the soul, be sealed and owned by You. Lord, “Set me as a seal upon thy heart, as a seal upon thine arm.”

Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2014.