Signed sealed and delivered
Signed, sealed and delivered
"Do no harm to the earth, nor to the sea, nor to the trees until we have sealed the servants of our God upon their foreheads."
When this was done I looked again, and before my eyes appeared a vast crowd beyond man’s power to number. They came from every nation and tribe and people and language, and they stood before the throne of the Lamb, dressed in white robes with palm-branches in their hands. With a great voice they shouted these words: “Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne and to the Lamb!”
It is the same with you. You heard the true message, the Good News about the way God saves you. When you heard that Good News, you believed in Christ. And in Christ, God put his special mark on you by giving you the Holy Spirit that he promised.
And do not make God's Holy Spirit sad; for the Spirit is God's mark of ownership on you, a guarantee that the Day will come when God will set you free.
Reflecting on the verses above we see that we, as God's people are sealed by the Holy Spirit and this seal differentiates us from the people around us. In addition this seal, delivers us from the destruction that is destined for the world. I wrote on the section entitled Stay in Goshen, how the Israelites residing in Goshen were spared from the plagues of Egypt. Similarly, we are currently living in a world where God's judgment will be poured on the world prior to Christ' return. We see the signs of His coming in the world around us. Plagues, pestilences, famine, drought, inflation, economic downturn, earthquakes and such which are outlined on Matthew 24. However, God's children will be spared from these calamities because they are sealed by the Holy Spirit. In the last days that we are living in prior to Christ' return, we need His seal of protection on us. This is not something that we can purchase, however, we are sealed once we have accepted the forgiveness freely offered to all through Christ. Redemption is the work of His Holy Spirit on our hearts. Once we have accepted Christ' forgiveness, we are signed, sealed and delivered. This is the work of the Holy Spirit. Our responsibility is to repent and forsake our sinful ways and accept Christ. As the Israelites consumed the passover lamb, we as believers partake of communion, and this ratifies ou covenant with God. As the song says, God our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, our shelter from the stormy blast and our eternal hope. Before the day closes, ensure that you have Christ' seal upon you as a shield of protection and the wrath of God’s judgment. Please pray, Our heavenly Father please forgive us our trespasses. Deliver us from the evil one and seal us with your Holy Spirit. In Jesus name. Amen.