SEALED WITH THE SPIRIT
by C. R. Stam
"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" (Eph. 1:13).
Most careful commentaries of the Bible make it clear that the words
"after that," in the above passage, actually have an immediate result
in view. Upon hearing (or heeding) we believed, and upon believing we
were sealed with the Spirit.
What is perhaps even more important to note, is the fact that upon
believing "the gospel of... salvation," we are "sealed with" the "Holy
Spirit," not "by" the Spirit. There is a difference between the two,
which can be simply illustrated.
Here is a housewife, let us say, who is "putting up" jam or preserves
and sealing each jar with wax. Now, the jars are being sealed by the
woman, but she is sealing them with wax. Thus the Holy Spirit does not
merely cause believers to be sealed and made secure. Rather He Himself
is the Seal that keeps us eternally secure as God’s beloved children.
We are sealed, not "by the Spirit," but "with the Spirit," -- the
Spirit Himself the Seal!
It is wonderful indeed to know that before the bar of God, the simplest
believer in Christ has been fully justified (Acts 13:38,39). But this
is a court action, a matter of law and justice. Besides this, the
Spirit, who first brought the sinner under conviction, now gives him
life -- eternal life. This is why Rom. 8:2 tells us that "the law of
the Spirit, [that] of life in Christ Jesus, hath made me free from the
law of sin and death." Thank God for the Spirit, who convicts,
regenerates and seals every believer in Christ!
Eph 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,
Eph 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption
of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
In the total expanse of human life there is not a square inch
of which the Christ, who alone is sovereign, does not declare, "That is
-- Abraham Kuyper
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Our Purpose and Mission
The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging
Christians to believe what God says.
We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him,
and the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13
"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of
the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of
the fulness of Christ:"
OUR COMMISSION IN THE AGE OF GRACE IS:
2Co 5:16-21 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea,
though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we
[him] no more. Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become
new. And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by
Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of
reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling
world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and
us the word of reconciliation. Now then we
are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by
us: we pray [you] in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For
[to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be
made the righteousness of God in him.