The Seal of GodBro. David Chancellor
8/13/2006 11:00 AM
And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God; and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
“Hurt not… till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.” If you’re a child of God, God has put his seal on you. Things were going to be turned loose on the earth, but they wanted to mark who was God’s first. This seal gives you what you need to go through the hard things of life. When you KNOW you’re a child of God, you can stand through some hard things. That knowledge gives you the courage you stand.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 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. Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
“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.” If we know God, we have trusted in Christ. After we have been saved and received the Spirit of God, we’ve been sealed. The Spirit of God is the seal of God on us. When he’s present with us, his fruit will be manifested in our lives. People will be able to see that you’re a child of God. We should be concerned if this seal is not evident in our lives. We shouldn’t have to tell people that we’re Christians. They should be able to see the fruits of the Spirit in our lives. He’s given us what we need to preserve us and give us the assurance that we’re walking with God. We need to know within ourselves that the Spirit of God is there working. We can see how God takes us through the hard things that come our way. This seal helps the world to see that God exists and is working even today. This seal is what makes the church effective.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22
Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God: Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
Christ establishes us. We wouldn’t be able to stand in the world without God’s help. God’s seal will keep out that which is wrong. Man would try to keep evil out with the wall of sectism. This wall guarantees that no truth will get in. When God is in the heart, he can keep the false out while letting the truth in. At some point everyone faces hard things. When the storms come, God can keep you through them and help you to be an overcome.
And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man, and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
There is another mark or seal that can be given in the place of God’s. You have someone’s mark - God’s or the mark of the beast. The mark of the beast is “the number of a man.” It is the mark of a man, no matter who the man is. It doesn’t matter who the man is if you have the mark. If you’re following man, you have this mark. You have to have it to take part. The mark of man will limit what you can say and do. When man controls your thoughts and actions, you have the wrong mark. If we follow the world, we give up the acceptance of God for the acceptance of mankind.
Whose acceptance are you seeking? The child of God wants to be accepted by God. Without him we can do nothing. Everything about us is dependent on God. Man does not give God’s mark. If you’re saved it is because you’ve done business with God. When God changes your heart, he puts his mark on you.
And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
The mark of man puts you in a position to receive the wrath of God. Man’s acceptance isn’t important. We want to behave in a way that is right and good to others. You can have good relations with others, and be well respected, without looking for the acceptance of man. If you prefer the acceptance of man to God’s acceptance, it will turn you away from the will of God. This is why we teach that people should come out of false religion and only have the seal of God. This removes the need to try to please both man and God.
And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty, just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
This describes the people who have the seal of God. This “sea of glass” isn’t talking about an ocean. It is a place of cleansing. (The “sea” of the old testament was a place where the priests washed before performing their duties in the temple.) This is a people baptized by the Holy Ghost standing on the Word of God. Our victory is found standing with the people of God on the Word of God and being led by the Spirit of God. When you know you’re a child of God, that gives you a place to stand. All you need is the Spirit of God. While he walks with you, you belong to God, no matter what anyone else might say.
2 Timothy 2:19
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
“The Lord knoweth them that are his.” God keeps the membership list. This is a source of confidence for us. “God knows I’m his.” This is a sure foundation. It can take you through many difficult things.
You’ll either have God’s seal or the seal of the world. Let the Spirit of God lead and control your life. When you do, you can come through victorious. The mark of man won’t do that for you. It will bring the wrath of God on you.
Disclaimer: These notes were taken and transcribed by Misti Chancellor, and are not a verbatim transcription of the sermon.