Signed, Sealed, and Delivered
Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.
We have often heard the old saying, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” With God, this is not the case. He can be trusted to keep all of His promises.
Believers are the subject of the inheritance in Christ. It is based on what He has done for us (His death burial, and resurrection). Jesus is speaking in John 6:37-39: “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.” John 10:29: “My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.” John 17:2, 24: “As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.” Malachi 3:17: “And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.”
We are predestinated or picked out in advance according to God’s purpose, plan (who worketh all things), and prerogative (after the council of His own will) (verse 11). The purpose of our inheritance is to glorify God (verse 12). Our actions should manifest Christ for others to see. They should be Christlike. The basis of our inheritance is Jesus Christ (verse 13). He is the one we have trusted in, He is the Word of truth (John 1:1-14), and He is the foundation of the gospel (Acts 4:12).
2. Sealed - Ephesians 1:13b: “Ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.” The promised Holy Spirit seals us securely in Christ. He is God the Spirit and the third person of the Trinity.
The Holy Spirit was promised by Jesus. John 14:15-17: “If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”
The Holy Spirit began to indwell Christians at Pentecost and continues to live in believers today. He indwells believers at the moment of their salvation. Old Testament believers could only experience the filling of the Holy Spirit, but not His constant indwelling.
The Holy Spirit seals us. Ephesians 4:30: “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” 2 Corinthians 1:22: “Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.” The Holy Spirit sets a mark of ownership or seal upon believers at the time of their salvation (Ephesians 1:13). A seal provides proof that the transaction is completed (Jeremiah 32:9-10). It shows security (Matthew 27:66), ownership (2 Timothy 2:19), approval (John 6:37), authenticity (1 Corinthians 9:2), and closeness (Song of Solomon 8:6). This seal cannot be broken. No one can pry us out of God’s hands (Romans 8:35-39).
3. Delivered - Ephesians 1:14: “Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”
When I asked my wife to marry me, I did not have an engagement ring for her. After I told someone that I asked her to marry me, they asked if I had given her a ring. They said, you are really not engaged without a ring. The ring is a token of the promise. I soon purchased a ring and placed it on her finger. It was a promise that I would keep my word.
The indwelling Holy Spirit is the earnest money. It is a down payment that God will keep His promise to redeem our bodies. Although we have been paid for and belong to God, our bodies remain unredeemed at this time. Romans 6:12-13: “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God”. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.”
Our bodies still feel the negative affects of sin and can be used for sin. At the rapture, they will be glorified and restored to God’s original design. They will be free from the power of sin. Philippians 1:6: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Are you confident that you are Christ’s inheritance? If so, you are sealed and will be delivered.