Sealed And Revealed

In Matthew 24:15 Jesus references something in the book of Daniel as a future event. The references are Daniel 9:27 and Daniel 12:11. One interesting point is Daniel is told specific things God is showing him is  “sealed ”  until the time of the end. In Daniel 10:14, the vision is for many days and in Daniel 12:9, “sealed” to the time of the end.

There are several areas in scripture we are told things are sealed. For today, believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are sealed by God. I have never understood how “believers” could think they could loose their salvation. Not all believers think this but many do, especially Pentacostals. Salvation is a free gift one receives by grace through faith and not works.

So if you don’t receive salvation by works, what makes you think you can keep salvation by works? Pure silliness. Paul clearly teaches the church – believers God establishes, anoints, give us the Holy Spirit and seals us in Christ.  2 Corinthians 1:20-22 KJV “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
[21] Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
[22] Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

And just in case you did not understand that, Paul says it again and again. Look at  Ephesians 1:13 KJV “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,”

Earnest is part of. If you put an “earnest” deposit down on a house offer, you are showing your “good faith” in desiring to purchase the house by giving a small deposit. Paul says giving believers the Holy Spirit and sealing us is just “part” of our inheritance as believers. Ephesians 1:14 KJV “Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”

Again in Ephesians 4:30 KJV “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”

Believers are sealed by God – PERIOD!
People get messed up when they put Jesus comments to his disciples,  not the church, into the church. Or when they take tribulation verses and put them into the church when clearly the church is not even on earth then.

What is the purpose of doing good works then? Getting saved tells you where you spend eternity. Good works tells you how you will spend eternity. God is righteous. Good works by the saved give rewards from God. Good works by the lost tells them the severity of hell they obtain. Those who do not believe on the Lord Jesus Christ ( not in but on Acts 16:31 to the church age) unto salvation send themselves to hell by their unbelief. God does not send them to hell, they send themselves.

2 Timothy 2:19 KJV “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

We also see God seals 12,000 Jews from each tribe of Israel in Revelation 7:4. The Jehovah Witnesses think they are the 144,000 but scripture clearly says who they are. Jews.

So God hid things from people and as in Daniel, God said when things would be revealed. Another example of God hiding something and later revealing it is 1 Corinthians 2:7-8 KJV “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom , which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
[8] Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it , they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”

Some say there are 7 mysteries God hid and later revealed, others say there are 8 mysteries. We will pick it up from here next time. Has God sealed you? Have you put all your faith and trust in Jesus Christ to pay your sin debt? Click on How To Get Saved from our menu above. Until next time.

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