Ephesians 1:13

One of the most contested texts in regard to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit has been Ephesians 1:13.

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise

It is said by opponents of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit that the sense of the original text in no way supports a further work of the Spirit. This was the line rehearsed to me while a student in Aberdeen University.

The late Graham Harrison, who preached a notable series on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, wrote an essay addressing this very point. It has remained unpublished, ostensibly to avoid controversy, although Dr Lloyd-Jones gave his approval verbally to his friends, Vernon and Morwen Higham, the latter actually typed the essay up. I have re-typed the essay and you can download a PDF of it here: gsharrison-sealingofthespiritessay