Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown
In whom ye also—Ye Gentiles. Supply as English Version, "trusted," from Ephesians 1:12; or "are." The priority of us Jews does not exclude you Gentiles from sharing in Christ (compare Acts 13:46).
the word of truth—the instrument of sanctification, and of the new birth (John 17:17; II Timothy 2:15; James 1:18). Compare Colossians 1:5, where also, as here, it is connected with "hope." Also Ephesians 4:21.
sealed—as God's confirmed children, by the Holy Spirit as the seal (Acts 19:1-6; Romans 8:16, Romans 8:23; I John 3:24; see on II Corinthians 1:22). A seal impressed on a document gives undoubted validity to the contract in it (John 3:33; John 6:27; compare II Corinthians 3:3). So the sense of "the love of God shed abroad in the heart by the Holy Ghost" (Romans 5:5), and the sense of adoption given through the Spirit at regeneration (Romans 8:15-16), assure believers of God's good will to them. The Spirit, like a seal, impresses on the soul at regeneration the image of our Father. The "sealing" by the Holy Spirit is spoken of as past once for all. The witnessing to our hearts that we are the children of God, and heirs (Ephesians 1:11), is the Spirit's present testimony, the "earnest of the (coming) inheritance" (Romans 8:16-18).
that Holy Spirit of promise—rather, as the Greek, "The Spirit of promise, even the Holy Spirit": The Spirit promised both in the Old and New Testaments (Joel 2:28; Zechariah 12:10; John 7:38-39). "The word" promised the Holy Spirit. Those who "believed the word of truth" were sealed by the Spirit accordingly.
Other Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown entries containing Ephesians 1:13:
Song of Solomon 8:6
2 Corinthians 1:22
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