Hi Soldiers of the Cross. I have made the BIG leap into creating podcasts to compliment my blogs. I have started with my first blog and I will post it soon. Once I have done a couple more to get more comfortable with the process, I will begin doing the current blogs as I slowly catch up with past blogs. Let me know what you think. I am used to speaking to groups of people, giving sermons, and teaching in the classroom. So I am sure I will adapt quickly to podcasting.
Today, I am blogging about what scripture has to say concerning the sealing of God’s children. 🙏 First, let’s pray. Father God, we humble ourselves before You, asking forgiveness for our sins as You convict upon our hearts those that we need to forgive. Because of Your forgiving Spirit we are able to come to You in the robes of Jesus righteousness, washed in His cleansing blood, and plead our case. Father, we need your Spirit to guide us into all truth and understanding as we look at what Your Word has to say about Your sealing process and our journey to Your kingdom. We pray for the outpouring of Your Holy Spirit so that we may abide in Jesus and He abide in us. We ask for the desire to trust in You, submit to You, to be Your children. In Jesus’ name, we thank You for hearing our prayer, Amen!
First, I want to talk about the sealing process God will go through to mark His children for His Kingdom. The sealing is called a process because it is an experience we go through over time. The Bible defines this journey as a 2 step process called justification and sanctification. Justification is our journey of being introduced to Jesus and truly committing to His saving grace – accepting His gift on the cross that justifies why we can have a place in Heaven. It is not something we can do for ourselves – it is a gift from God to all who will submit to Him and walk with Him. As with numerous scriptures, John 3:16, 17 gives us the reason and promise of justification. Jesus died the 2nd eternal death – arose on Sunday – so that He could justify to the whole universe that the “wages of sin” price was met and we could be with Him in Heaven. (Romans 6:23) “For our sake He (God) made Him (Jesus) to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) Amen! Thank You Jesus!
As we commit to and walk with Jesus, our relationship blossoms, grows in correlation with the time we spend with Him – in prayer, study, and sharing the Gospel Commission. As we grow closer to Jesus, we will begin to draw away from worldly way, ideas, and Godless concepts. We will become a separate people in mind and purpose. Psalms 23 tells us we are traveling through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Our goals will change as our relationship with Jesus deepens. We will be in the world but not of the world, we will seek to draw others out of the darkness and into the Light of Jesus, and Jesus’ perfect ways will shine out of us. As we grow closer to the time of the end – to the time of our sealing, the distinction of God’s children will become more and more evident. We are a justified people that shine brightly with the power of Jesus to dispel all darkness, reveal of evil. As we draw closer to the end, the Psalms 23 imagery will be clearly seen and felt.
Currently, we are at a point in history that there are still wolves dressed as sheep, among the true sheep of Jesus. (Matthew 7:15-23) They give the appearance, on first encounters, to be walking with Jesus. But as we get closer to the end times, it will become evident they do not bear the fruit of the Spirit – the division between good and evil will become more apparent. This stands to reason when we consider: “Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.” (Revelation 22:11) When we get to this point in history, each living person will be sealed by God or marked by Satan.
Which brings us to sanctification. “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23) Biblical sanctification is the act of setting one apart from the world, for a special purpose, to be made holy. From the moment a person continuously consecrates themselves to God, preside in an abiding relationship with Jesus, and stand firm in their faith to the end of their life, these people are sanctified by God – seal by God to forever be in His kingdom. Sanctification has already taken place for those who have died in Christ Jesus. God has been sealing/sanctifying His children down through the ages. But, for those of us who adhere to the same standard of faith, that are still living at the time of the end (or close of probation as some may say) will be sealed all at the same time. Those sealed at the end will not experience death.
Does this mean that we will live sinless lives from that point on? I don’t believe so. ” If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (2 John 1:8) We are sinners, plain and simple – it is because of Jesus’ sacrifice, His robe of righteousness, His justification, that we are able to stand before God as sinless. Jesus’ blood blots out our sins when we are faithful to ask forgiveness and seek His power to overcome the flesh. Asking forgiveness for lapses into our sinful natures should be a part of every prayer. God must see us through Jesus, by seeing us in this light we are sanctified. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) So, we are seal unto salvation because God sanctifies us.
God tells us, in Revelation, what His people will be like in end times. “Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” (Revelation 14:12) Pretty cut and dry isn’t it? It is through abiding in Jesus and consecrating ourselves to keeping His commands, that we are justified and sanctified – that we are saved unto eternal life. The details can seem overwhelming at times and it is at those times that we should come back to the basics of this scripture – obey and have faith!
Until next blog, may Jesus live His law and faith through you! Revelation 14:12
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