Sealed in Christ
“In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1:13
What Seals the Deal of eternal life and salvation? After believing in the foundational gospel message of Jesus Christ, we are sealed with His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit who dwells within the believer’s heart is evidence of the believer’s salvation. It is believing in the One who gave His life, and shed His blood for the forgiveness of sin, – Jesus Christ Who guarantees our redemption. For scripture testifies:
“There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”
Seal: a mark, sign, symbol, or the like, serving as visible evidence of something.
anything that serves as assurance, confirmation, or bond:
When Satan understood mankind would be made a little lower than the angels and in God’s image and one day reign with God’s Son, he planned his deceptive plot. Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit and sinned, sealing their fate by what was proclaimed by God; “if you eat of this fruit you shall surely die”.
(Hebrews 2:7, 2 Timothy 2:12, Genesis 1: 26-31)
So their fate was sealed the moment they took the bite out of Satan’s seductive bait. But God’s Judgment upon Satan was that “One” was to come, destroying his works and satisfying God’s Justice and decree of eternal judgment.
Through God’s plan of redemption, the works of the devil would be destroyed with a fatal blow with the Savior’s atoning sacrifice, making the path to eternal life possible for all who believe.
(Genesis 3:15, Hebrews 2:6-8, Romans 5:9)
Because God is a Just and Holy God, He must punish sin. God’s sealed proclamation concerning the consequences of sin is irrevocable, but the shed blood and broken body of Jesus Christ, has made a way of escape for all who place their faith in Him. There is no other rescue plan but God’s. Since He was the One who decreed it, He is the only one who can provide the solution to the ultimate consequence which is eternal separation, punishment and death as the consequence of sinning against a Holy God. (Romans 6:23)
The Provocation of Jealousy
Satan’s jealousy permeates the minds of those who reject God and His righteousness. Beginning with Abel’s death by the hand of his brother, and throughout biblical history, the same has been true; jealousy provokes the unbeliever to murder those who are righteous. (Genesis 4)
The Ark Sealed
During the time of Noah when the sins of mankind multiplied, God made a proclamation concerning bringing about their destruction. Noah believed God and was obedient in building an Ark, whereby, he and his family and many animals were saved.
During one hundred years while Noah was building the Ark and sealing it with pitch, he warned the people to repent, but they rejected what he said, and continued with their evil acts. When the time had come for God’s wrath to take place, he called Noah into the Ark along with all who were to be saved and sealed by His love, and the door was shut by God’s hand. No one could open the door until God had finished cleansing the earth. This cleansing was through water; but the last would be by fire.
(Genesis 6-9, Revelation 3:8-10)
The King’s Seal
During the time of the Persian captivity, King Ahasuerus was persuaded through a plot of deception to make a proclamation against the Jews, which ultimately would bring about their destruction. After writing down the fate of the Jews, he sealed it, making it irrevocable, a decree, even he was powerless to reverse or break. But through Queen Esther, and the prayers of the Jewish people, God moved upon the heart of the king to provide a way of escape, saving their lives. (Esther)
Daniel was a man of faith during the Jewish Babylonian captivity which at this time, King Darius appointed him to rule in his kingdom. Daniel’s adversaries were provoked with jealousy and persuaded the king to decree that during a certain period of time, if anyone worshiped any god besides King Darius, they would be executed. Daniel continued His prayers and worship of God everyday even with his fate sealed by the King’s erroneous proclamation. So when the decree was put in writing and sealed by the King’s authority, it was impossible to revoke; even the King could not reverse the consequences of the law he decreed. But when Daniel’s accusers told the King of how Daniel continued to pray, Darius was greatly distressed and looked for a way to rescue him, “but the edict could not be changed.” (Daniel 6)
When the law was carried out, Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den. King Darius was sad concerning Daniel’s fate and declared, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”
“A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed.” Daniel 6:17
But at the first light of dawn, the stone to the entrance of the lions den was removed and Daniel was found without harm and saved because of his trust in God.
When Joseph’s brothers learned how Joseph could possibly reign through confirmation of his dreams, they were provoked with insatiable jealousy, and they threw him into a pit. Instead of killing Joseph they sold him into Egyptian slavery. His fate was sealed. It would be impossible for him to escape. But when the time came, God called him out of slavery and prison to reign in Egypt. This brought about Israel’s salvation during the great famine. God highly exalted him and at the right hand of Pharaoh he received God’s authority and all of Egypt and his brothers bowed before him as revealed in his dreams.
In a similar way, Jesus allowed His betrayal, and suffered the consequences of the sin of the world. The proclamation above His cross read; King of the Jews. And when some tried to change what Pontius Pilate had written, he said, “what I have written, I have written”. They removed him from the cross, placing his limp and motionless body in a tomb, sealed by a stone with the irrevocable Roman decree. But when it was time, the seal was broken and with the power of a mighty angel, the stone rolled away. The Son of God came forth, resurrected, providing the way of escape from God’s wrath and judgment for all mankind. (John 19:21-22, Matthew 27:66)
The Holy Spirit’s Seal
And after everyone who is to come to faith during the time of grace, sealed by God’s Holy Spirit- the guarantee of His redemption through faith in Jesus Christ, a door will open in heaven, with the call to come up, and the the blood stained Lamb of God will break the seals of God’s wrath, and His fury will be poured out upon the earth. Ephesians 1:13-14
During this time of tribulation before the Second coming of Jesus Christ, 144,000 Jews will be sealed, giving testimony of the lamb who was slain. (Rev 7,14). During the time of the great tribulation the gospel will be preached throughout the earth and all who call upon the Lord will be saved. (Revelation 14:6-7)
Satan’s Seal of Fate
During the Great Tribulation, there will be a great delusion, and those who refuse to repent and reject the only way of escape through faith in Jesus Christ will receive Satan’s seal of fate; marked for eternal destruction because they chose to worship the beast and refused to worship the “One True God” and His Son.
All Creation speaks magnificently of God’s Glory. With the rising and setting of the sun, the beauty of the rainbow’s appearance, everything is designed and predestined to function with utmost precision. Therefore, there is no excuse for ignoring God, and His Salvation, as He has revealed Himself through His Word and by the things He has made.
(Romans 1:20, Colossians 1:16, John 1: 1-18, 1 John 1: 1-10, Revelation 4:11)
His seal of promise is proclaimed throughout the earth!