Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Save to My Library
Look up keyword
Like this
5Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Is the Seal of God the Holy Spirit or the Law?

Is the Seal of God the Holy Spirit or the Law?

Ratings: (0)|Views: 137 |Likes:
Published by Marcos S.
There is the predominating opinion in the evangelical world that the Seal of God is the Holy Spirit. But is this an accurate assertion? Is the Holy Spirit the actual “seal” itself that is placed upon us? Or is there something deeper to this picture?

While technically error does not need to be recognized in the simple understanding that the Holy Spirit is the Seal, it can be misleading if we are not careful to compare scripture with scripture, and consequentially end up preventing certain individuals from ascertaining a fuller and more complete understanding of what it means to have, particularly the Seal of the Living God, in our foreheads.
There is the predominating opinion in the evangelical world that the Seal of God is the Holy Spirit. But is this an accurate assertion? Is the Holy Spirit the actual “seal” itself that is placed upon us? Or is there something deeper to this picture?

While technically error does not need to be recognized in the simple understanding that the Holy Spirit is the Seal, it can be misleading if we are not careful to compare scripture with scripture, and consequentially end up preventing certain individuals from ascertaining a fuller and more complete understanding of what it means to have, particularly the Seal of the Living God, in our foreheads.

More info:

Published by: Marcos S. on Dec 10, 2012
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

07/19/2013

pdf

text

original

 
1
Is the Seal of God the Holy Spirit or the Law?
 
by Marcos S.
 
There is the predominating opinion in the evangelical world that the Seal of God is the HolySpirit. But is this an accurate assertion?
Is the Holy Spirit the actual “seal” itself that is placed
upon us? Or is there something deeper to this picture?While technically error does not need to be recognized in the simple understanding that the HolySpirit is the Seal, it can be misleading if we are not careful to compare scripture with scripture,and consequentially end up preventing certain individuals from ascertaining a fuller and morecomplete understanding of what it means to have, particularly the
Seal of the Living God 
, in ourforeheads.My prayer is that all will consider the following study very carefully and prayerfully, becauseonce the following information is understood, it causes for a whole new perspective on the
significance of God’s Seal for New Testament Christians.
 There are two principle texts which Christians allude to in order to prove that the Holy Spirit is
God’s Seal. They are Ephesians 1:
13 and Ephesians 4:30. When most people read these two texts,they initially conclude that the Holy Spirit is the "Seal" itself. Here they are:
"In whom ye 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." 
~ Ephesians 1:13
"And grieve not the holy Spirit of God,
whereby
ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." 
 ~ Ephesians 4:30Contrary to popular opinion, careful analyses of these verses do not actually stress that the HolySpirit is the Seal itself, although to be fair, I do not find it totally incorrect to say this, because inreality, when we have the Holy Spirit in our hearts, we are sealed. This is the Gospel Seal. But indigging deeper, let us raise the question: what exactly IS the
Seal of the Living God”
inRevelation 7:2 and 9:4? A careful evaluation of these passages demonstrates that the
Seal of the Living God 
is juxtaposed, or contrasted rather, to the
 Mark of the Beast 
.
First, we need to evaluate the Old Testament usage of the word “Seal”:
 
"Bind up the
 testimony
[the Ten Commandments]
 
SEAL THE LAW 
among my disciples
[followers of Jesus].
~ Isaiah 8:16Accordi
ng to Old Testament terminology, the “testimony” is t
he Ten Commandments (SeeExodus 31:18; 32:15; and 34:29).After careful evaluation and applying the
“precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little, and there a little”
methodology of Isaiah 28:9-13, it begins to appear that the Holy Spirit writes thelaw in your heart! But is there more? Notice what Paul said in trying to help the Corinthian
Church understand the principles of having God’s commandments written in our hearts:
 
 
2
"Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us,written not with ink, but 
with the Spirit
of the living God; not in tables of stone,
 but in fleshly tables of the heart
." 
~ 2 Corinthians 3:3Therefore, it becomes evident that when the Holy Spirit
SEALS 
you, it impresses, or writes, thelaw of God in your heart, and you now keep it by faith and out of true, genuine, repentant love forthe Creator of the Universe that you adore so much. This is what it truly means to be born of theSpirit and not of the Letter! (See Galatians 4:29; 2 Corinthians 3:6). When this happens, the NewCovenant promise to take those same laws and write them into the hearts of New Testamentbelievers is realized (See Jer. 31:33; Heb. 8:10; 10:16).In so many words, we could say that
the Holy Spirit is the
Sealer 
, while the Law is
The Seal
!
 This concept becomes all the more clear in Jeremiah:
"But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days,saith the LORD,
 I 
will put 
 my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts
; and will be their God, and they shall be my people." 
~ Jeremiah 31:33A picture begins to emerge that the
writing
or
sealing
of the law is done
by
the Holy Spirit. So itcan be misleading to conclude the Holy Spirit is the Seal
itself 
.
Let’s not
forget Isaiah 8:16 above.
In the Old Testament, we see the converting power of God’s immutable law:
 
“The law of the
 LORD is perfect, converting the soul 
: the testimony of the LORD is sure,making wise the sim
 ple.”
~ Psalms 19:7In the book of Proverbs, we see
the importance of having God’s law sealed in our hearts:
 
“My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my
commandments, and live; and 
 my law as the apple of thine eye
. Bind them
upon thy fingers
 , write them
upon the table of thine heart
.”
~ Proverbs 7:2-3 (See also Proverbs3:1-5)We find this imagery also portrayed in the New Covenant promise:
“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith
the Lord;
 I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts
: and I will be to
them a God, and they shall be to me a people.”
~ Hebrews 8:10 (See also Hebrews 10:16)Now think about this for a moment. If the Holy Spirit is in your heart,
wouldn’t the Law of God
also be in your heart? It becomes overwhelmingly clear that the Holy Spirit is that
Sealing Agent 
 
that writes God’s laws in
the heart, and therefore will be obeyed out of love, not slavishobedience
. God’s character is found in Hi
s law, and if we live for God, His character will bemanifested in what we do. Obeying His laws bears witness to the fact that we have beentransformed by the renewing Spirit of God.
It reveals that God’s truth has taken our hearts
captive.We are told in Psalms 119:142,
“Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
 and thy law is
 
3
 the truth
!”
 
Thus we see that God’s law is the truth. In verse 143 we are told that His
commandments are to be our delight. Proverbs 12:17 says
“He that speaketh truth
showeth forth
righteousness”
. With this in mind, let us turn over to Paul and see what he recognized
God’s Seal
to be in his letter to Timothy concerning the erroneous teachings of Hymanaeus and Philetus onthe resurrection:
“Who concerning the
 truth
have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless,
 the foundation of God standeth sure, having this SEAL
 
 ,
The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the nameof Christ 
 depart from iniquity.
~ 2 Timothy 2:18,19A good question to ask is what is the foundation of God? In Psalms 119:142 quoted above, we see
that God’s righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and His law is the truth. In verse 172 we
are told that
“all [His]
 commandments
are
 righteousness
(v172). Psalms 97:2 then tells us that
 righteousness
and justice
[or judgment]
are the
 foundation
of his throne
.”
 We see therefore that the foundation of God is the 10 commandments! And this foundation is theSeal according to 2 Timothy 2:19 above
! This makes perfect sense in light of the fact that God’s
throne hovers above the Ark of the Covenant that contains the two tables of stone, the
“two tablesof the testimony”
(Exodus 32:15). Then Revelation 11:19 and 15:5 reveal that the original Ark of 
the Covenant and the original “testimony” (for which the earthly was copied from) reside in God’s
Temple (or Sanctuary) in heaven!
We also see that to “have this seal” is to “depart from
iniquity
”,
and iniquity
means “law breaking”.
The next question to be asked is,
"where in God's Law is His Seal found?"
 Let's find out, Sherlock Holmes style:A Seal always contains 3 elements. The
Name
, the
Title
, and
Territory
of a ruler, king, orpresident:1. Name = George Washington2. Title = President3. Territory = United States of AmericaSuch a seal would read:
"George Washington, President of the United States of America" 
 
 Richard, King of England" 
 In God's Law, guess where God's Seal is found? There is ONLY ONE commandment whereGod's Seal is found,
and that is the 4th Commandment of the "Tables of the Testimony".
 
"For in six days the
 LORD MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH 
 , the sea, and all that in themis, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." 
~ Exodus 20:11

Activity (5)

You've already reviewed this. Edit your review.
1 hundred reads
Marcos S. liked this
Marcos S. liked this
Marcos S. liked this
Marcos S. liked this

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->