Blessed Assurance
Saturday, June 5, 2010

“Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of His glory.”  (Eph. 1:13-14)

                As my friend, whom I wrote about last time, poured out his concerns about salvation, I was in frightful wonder of how little Christians know about the promises of God in Christ Jesus.  We, through controlling, manipulating, and arrogant pastors and church leaders have been led so far from the realities of the Christian faith that we live in horror of this thing called death.  We shield our children from it, we refuse to talk about it, and so often we don’t plan for this reality.  But death is real, and to avoid its reality is to miss a great part of life.  For you see, death has no hold on Christians.  It is merely a transition from life as we know it to life with Christ in the eternal realms.  That is our inheritance, and it is guaranteed – by God – and it cannot be removed by our sins.  We have been born again upon salvation, to a life that cannot be extinguished by Satan and his temptations.

                As I told my friend, it is impossible for you to go to hell.  If God has guaranteed our salvation by the giving of the Holy Spirit, then you can bet no power on earth, no sin can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.  Let me unpack the above verse so that you can see clearly that our salvation is a guarantee by God, sealed by the death on the cross and can never be taken away by our sins or by God’s enemy. 

                Salvation begins by belief.  “For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son, for whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have ever lasting life.”  Paul adds emphasis to the words of Jesus, saying, “Having believed, you were marked with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit . . .” Our word for seal has many meanings and connotations, but this word means a seal on a letter.  You have seen pictures of a king sealing an envelope with hot wax and then marking that seal with his signet ring.  That means it has been written by the king to its recipient, sealed with wax, and marked by the king himself.  And it was under penalty of law that anyone but the recipient should open it.  How beautiful that imagery is for us.  “Having believed,” in God’s only begotten Son, we become God’s recipient of His inheritance.  Then God seals that promise by the mark of His signet ring – the Holy Spirit.  And here is the best part; the Holy Spirit is God’s deposit, guaranteeing that inheritance.

                Here Paul switches metaphors.  First he gives us the imagery of a letter, but now he switches to a financial metaphor.  A deposit is money we put in the bank, and the bank guarantees we will get our money back.  And we trust that or we would not put our money in the bank.   Or a deposit is money we put down on a future purchase.  That deposit guarantees we will redeem that purchase.  This is Paul’s intention here.  God has given us His deposit now, which is a guarantee, that in His time He will fully claim the entire purchase (bought by His Son).  He will redeem His deposit and give us the full amount which is our inheritance.

                Now let me ask a simple question to all those who believe your salvation is a day to day thing, vested in the hands of a God who changes His mind every time we misbehave.  If God has marked us with His seal; if He has given us a guarantee in the form of His Holy Spirit; if He has made a deposit in us, paying now for our inheritance; then what power on earth is capable of breaking God’s promise, His seal, His guarantee.  I challenge that if we can lose our salvation, there is a force out there that is more powerful than God, and if that is true, then we are all without hope.  But there is no power on earth that can break the promises of God.  As Paul said to the church at Rome, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:38-39)

                We believe, therefore, all we have to do is look with great anticipation of all the things God has in store for us.  In the meantime, we live now, with the blessed assurance of our future, giving glory to God with our lives.

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