The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Israel's Journey as a Picture of Being Sealed and Led by the Holy Spirit

As believers we are "changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" 8 just as Israel was brought "out of the land of...Egypt through a land that no man passed through." 9 It was a walk "in the Spirit" 10 by following the Lord "Who went in the way before [them] . . . in fire by night, to shew [them] by what way [they] should go, and in a cloud by day." 11

Israel was all "under the cloud" 12 which illustrates that God seals us with the Holy Spirit when we are saved. He does not take "away the pillar of the cloud." 13 In the same manner the disciples received the Holy Spirit 14 when they were baptized into the body of Christ 15 and "sealed..., and given the earnest of the Spirit in [their] hearts." 16

Therefore, as believers, in order for us to do the "work of God...[we must] believe on him whom he hath sent."17 That's all that is necessary to be "led by the Spirit of God." 18 Just as Israel was sealed and led from Egypt to Mt. Sinai, so we as believers are sealed and guided in our lives.