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Sealed Until that Day

by Ken Legg

by Ken Legg

Grace Roots by Ken Legg

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Christians are eternally secure, not only because of the Father and the Son, but also because of the Spirit.

After we believed in Jesus we were sealed with the Holy Spirit. Paul said, “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory” (Eph.1:13-14).

A seal is proof of ownership. As a young Christian I used to wonder how, amongst billions of people, God would know those who have believed the gospel and are saved. Would each person be individually quizzed at the end of their lifetime?

I have since learned that everyone who puts their trust in Christ is sealed with the Holy Spirit. And this seal is ‘tamperproof’.

It secures us until the Lord returns to claim what is His.

Paul says to the Christians at Ephesus, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” (Eph.4:30). We are sealed until the Second Coming of Jesus when the climax of our salvation will be reached, including the redemption of our bodies (see Rom.8:23).

The seal of the Holy Spirit is God’s deposit which marks us as His. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a deposit” (2 Cor.1:2122).

We pay a deposit on an article in order to secure it for ourselves. By paying a deposit we make the statement, “This is now mine. I will return to collect it.”

That’s the promise Jesus made when He sealed us with the Spirit. He said, “This person belongs to me. I have bought them with the price of my own blood. One day I will come to collect those who are mine.”

A seal cannot be removed. Its permanence guarantees security for the sealed item. Even though at times a Christian may grieve the Holy Spirit, yet He will never depart from the believer. Jesus promised, “I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever —  the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:16-17).

The Holy Spirit Is The Pledge Of God’s Intentions When Marianne and I started going out with each other I was living in the UK and she lived in Switzerland. We were a thousand miles apart. We couldn’t afford to fly to see each other regularly. And it took ages to send a letter and receive a reply.

However, when we got engaged I placed a ring on her finger. That ring sealed the promise I made to her that we would be married one day. It was a pledge of my intentions. Every time she looked at the ring she would be reminded of my promise, “I will come to Switzerland and we will be married. Then I will take you to be with me, and we will be married forever.”

Dear friend, you are eternally secure because the Father has given His Word that nothing can separate you from Him. Also, the Son has purchased you with His blood and incorporated you into His own body. And the Spirit has sealed you until the day that Jesus comes or calls you home to be with Him. Then Jesus will present you faultless before God.

This is your salvation – signed, sealed and delivered. It is the full, ripened fruit of that which grows from grace roots!

See many more topical Bible studies and study Biblical books at http://www.biblestudiesonline.org.uk

 

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