The Sealing and the Earnest
Can you ever loose your salvation? What does it mean to be sealed by the Holy Spirit? This term of “being sealed” is used three times in Scripture. Throughout history, seals have been used to certify, authenticate and demonstrate ownership over something. It also provides an element of security. How does this concept of a seal relate to the life of a Christian? Those who are followers of Jesus Christ have been sealed by the Holy Spirit, who acts as a certificate and authenticator that He lives in us and of our submission to God’s purpose and plan! To be sealed by the Holy Spirit also means to have the security of belonging to Christ and we have an eternal inheritance. He has sealed you, and thus you are secured as His possession. Part of this security, Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains, is the Spirit being an advance of the promise to be given in full at a later time. What does this mean? This advance of the Holy Spirit is a pledge given by God that He will give us the rest of our inheritance to us when we go to live with Him. Though we can be sealed by the Holy Spirit, we can still grieve Him, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones duly notes, to avoid this, we must be willing to live our lives in a way that gives full control to God and runs from sin!
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.