The Holy Sealing

THE HOLY SEALING

 Introduction

The use of a signet-ring to prove ownership or copyright to a letter, document or other personal property, was common use even amongst the people in the time of Jesus.  This is proven through the words in I Kings 21:8 where it is written:  “So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name, and sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters unto the elders and to the nobles that were in his city…”

It has the same meaning to the Lord Jesus.  When He speaks of sealing us with the Holy Spirit, He wants to claim us as His property by putting His mark of ownership on us.  He wants to confirm that every sealed soul received the promise of kingship;  that they became members of His Father’s household;  that it should be proof to us and assure us of His assistance, as confirmation that we will partake in every promise that He made as regards His children and those that accept His gospel.  Yes, Jesus MARKS us in this way upon the forehead to show that we are part of the bride of Christ.

In II Cor. 1:22 it is written that:  “who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.”  In another version it is written as follows:

“Set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”

  1. 4:30 “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
  2. II Tim. 2:19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”
  3. 8:15 “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of son-ship. And by Him we cry, (Abba), Father.”

Also read the following:  John 6:27;  Rom. 8:14, 16.

In Ephesians 1:13 we read the following:  “In whom you also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation:  in whom also, after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.”

The following texts are in accord with the aforementioned text:

  1. 10:14 “How, then, shall they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”
  2. 10:15 “And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
  3. 29:12 “You are standing here in order to enter into a covenant with the Lord your God, a covenant the Lord is making with you this day and sealing with an oath.”
  4. Isaiah 29:11 “For you this whole vision is nothing but words sealed in a scroll. And if you give the scroll to someone who can read, and say to him, “Read this, please,” he will answer, “I can’t;  it is sealed”.

From these texts it can be concluded that “sealing” has a deeper meaning for the children of God.

The Holy Sealing is one of the Sacraments.  It should not be confused with the Holy Baptism with water, for this is the Baptism with Spirit and with Fire.

What is the Holy Sealing?

The Holy Sealing is the consecration of the Holy Spirit and the Crown of all Godly acts.

  1. In addition it is the Baptism of Spirit and Fire. 3:11;  Mark 1:8 and Acts 1:5.  Anointment in God.  II Cor. 1:21-22.
  2. Manifestation of the Spirit. John 3:5-6
  3. Fellow citizenship of the household of God. 2:12-22
  4. Earnestness of the Spirit. II Cor. 1:22;  1:13-14

Why is the Sealing also called the Holy  Anointing?

Because we are anointed to the Priesthood of the Lord through the Holy Spirit.

What is understood from the term “rebirth in the Spirit”?

It means the acceptance of new life from Jesus:  thus becoming God’s children and a new creature in Christ.

What will redeem the citizenship in the heavenly Jerusalem?

It will grant us the right of a place in the Kingdom of God.

Why is receiving of the Holy Spirit the way to
our Redemption?

By receiving the Holy Spirit, we also receive the mark of the Lamb of God by which He confirms that we are indeed children and household members in the Kingdom of God.

How does the sacramental act of the Holy Sealing occur?

In comparison with the water at the baptism and the bread and wine of the Holy Communion, the Apostle is using the external sign of laying hands on the person.  Through the spoken word, the Holy Spirit is then transmitted.

How did the Christians in the ancient Churches receive the Holy Spirit?

The Apostles laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.  Acts 8:14-17, 9:17, 19:6;  II Tim. 1:6.

Were there exceptions from the laying on of  hands for receiving the Holy Spirit?

Yes.  In the presence of the Apostle Peter.  On Cornelius, the centurion, and his household was poured out the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Acts 10:44-45

Why did God make these exceptions?

This was done to teach the Apostle Peter that heathens could also receive the Holy Spirit.

Who, apart from the recipient, must be present at the receiving of the Holy Spirit?

An Apostle of Jesus Christ.  II Cor. 3:6-8  In Acts 10:44 it is stated;  “While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.”  (In this instance they were baptised after they had received the Holy Ghost.)

Who can receive the Holy Spirit?

All the baptised and faithful souls which have the hearty desire to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Note that is must be “baptised” souls, which means that Jesus Christ should be accepted in all honesty.

In what way is the Holy Spirit revealed to us?

In many ways, namely: As the Spirit of Comfort;  consolation;  truth;  wisdom;  understanding;  intelligence;  judgement;  counsel;  strength;  as the Spirit of knowledge and respect towards the Lord in virtue of Love and the culture;  as a Spirit of grace manifestation of prayer, as the Spirit of concord and union in obedience and glory.  Isaiah 11:2;  Zechariah 12:10;  John 15:26;  I Cor. 13;  Eph 1:17;  II Tim 1:7;  I Peter 4:14.

What fruitful results do those who are  willing to receive the Holy Spirit obtain?

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, meekness temperance, goodness, faith gentleness, chastity, (Gal. 5:22)  Righteousness, truth (Eph. 5:9) Faithfulness, humility, obedience, self-sacrifice, compassion and mercy, including all virtues.  It is important to understand that these characteristics must be translated into DEEDS, that the recipient must crucify his or her will to the will of God before we have a claim to the receiving of the Holy Spirit.

What is the greatest misdeed and the  greatest sin that cannot be forgiven?

Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.  It cannot be forgiven, either in this or the future world.  Matt. 12:31;  Mark 3:28-29;  Luke 12:10