Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Secret of the mystery. Part 121. The secret of the sealing ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The sealing ministry of the Holy Spirit or the signature guarantee from God the Father.

“The Spirit is in our heart as a pledge” = you cannot understand this, unless the filling of the Spirit controls the heart and is given by God as a pledge or down payment of better things to come.

You cannot understand that the ministry of the Spirit is given the way that it is, unless you have the appropriate doctrine in your soul.

A. The sealing of the Holy Spirit is a guarantee of the validity of common and efficacious grace.
B. It is a guarantee of eternal salvation.

C. It is a guarantee of eternal security.
D. It is the guarantee of your very own portfolio of invisible assets, which includes your escrow blessings for time and eternity.

“Sealed” - noun sphragizo = “set a seal” upon something or to mark with a seal.

1. It was used in the ancient world for business transactions or business contracts.

The work for salvation is totally finished, JOH 17:4; 19:30.

MAL 3:6 “For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.”

1SA 15:29 “And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.”

2. Sphragizo or the seal was also used for a sign of ownership upon horses and chariots.

1CO 6:19-20 Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

3. Sphragizo was also used for a signature for cashing checks.
4. Sealing was also used to protect something that was valuable like a treasury or library.

The Old Testament saints were called the “apple of His eye,” ZEC 2:8.
MAL 3:17 “We [born-again Jews] are His jewels.”
ISA 62:3 “We [true Israel] are His crown of glory.”

As believers in the Church-age, we are His children, His sons, His heirs, royal priests, ambassadors etc.

5. Sphragizo was used to seal fruit as a sign of approval.

He has presented us “a glorious church,” EPH 5:27, not having spot or wrinkle.

Since sealing was used in the ratification of treaties, it becomes analogous to the doctrine of reconciliation, in which man is reconciled to God through the death of His Son.

EPH 4:30 “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit, by Whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

“Sealed for the day of redemption” EPH 4:30 = every believer, through the signature guarantee of the Holy Spirit at salvation, is guaranteed eternal security, whether he is a winner or loser in the PPOG.

The soul is redeemed in salvation, but the body is redeemed in resurrection.

Two guarantees of our portfolio of invisible assets:
The sealing ministry of the Holy Spirit at salvation and the indwelling of Christ as the Shekinah glory.

A. The baptism of the Spirit and its results and implications.
B. The unique Pre-designed Plan of God taking its precedence from the dispensation of the Hypostatic union.

As members of the Royal Family of God, there is an exact precise and accurate plan for those members of the Royal Family of God to follow.

The Church-age believer belongs to a spiritual dynasty founded by TLJC in which his standard of living follows the pattern that the Lord clearly established when He was on earth.

1JO 2:6 “The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.”
We receive our directions and guidance not from the Old Testament but from the dispensation of the Hypostatic union.

The exactness of God’s code for the Royal Family expresses His own perfection.

“Only a right thing done in a right way is right.”
Giving is a right thing, but it must be done in the right way.
Praying is a right thing, but it must be done in the right way.
Serving is a right thing, but it must be done in the right way.

The right thing is the Pre-designed Plan of God.
The right way is operating under the power of God the Holy Spirit.

Because the Christian retains his O.S.N. throughout his life on earth, his “contribution” to the plan of God would only corrupt that plan.

COL 2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord [by grace, through faith, not of works least any man should boast] so walk in Him,
ROM 11:6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.

When it says by grace you have been saved through faith, the grace, the salvation, and the faith are all gifts from God.

ROM 11:6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.

Because the believer retains his O.S.N. throughout his life on earth, his “contribution” to the plan of God would only corrupt that plan.

Human ability, human dynamics, human personality, human intelligence, human talent or human works cannot enter into God’s perfect plan.

If the plan of God depended on man’s merit for a single moment, the plan would immediately become imperfect.

God allows no weak links in the chain.
He personally guards the integrity of His plan. Man enters God’s perfect plan exclusively on the merits of Christ and the principle of grace remains in force after salvation as well.

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