How It All Began
One night during worship time at our bible study, I closed my eyes and I was taken into a vision. Surprised, I resisted, but then I surrendered to the Lord and closed my eyes again. I was then taken to a scene of being at a cabin in the middle of a beautiful forest. Standing outside of the cabin wearing in a flowing white dress, a masked horseman rode up right in front of me. He leans over and says, “You are being beckoned” and leans over to hand me a large parchment envelop with a red wax seal on the back of it. I don’t use that kind of language. I knew this was God! Overwhelmed with anticipation, I opened the letter and it read, “Meet me at 10 am tomorrow!” How many know that God knows how to get your attention? He invites us into a relationship. He doesn’t demand us to have relationship with him. Big difference.
2 Timothy 2:19 says, “Nevertheless the solid foundation of God strands having this seal: “The lord knows those who are His.” And “let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
The word seal in the Greek is pronounced, sfages and means, a signet ring, or the inscription or impression made by a mark.
We are marked with his name on us. We belong to him and He will always be faithful to us with the covenant He made with us when we said yes to Him. Like a marriage vow he promises to fulfill his end of the deal with us until the end. Why? Because of His great love for us we can be assured of His promises. When we make a vow to live for him He empowers us and blesses us. You are marked to be great and He now empowers us to do the mandate or call on our lives.
His sealing us is the initial down payment that anticipates our future we have full redemption as God’s marked possession.
In ancient times, wax seals were put on documents to verify the authenticity of the document and of the sender. It means to be usually affixed to an important document. To mark upon or to impress and was a way to conceal or seal up; to hide contents of letter.
Ephesians 1:13 says, “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.”
Here the word sealed means in original Greek Sfagezio. It’s a verb. To mark ; security from Satan; since things sealed up are concealed (as the contents of a letter), to hide, keep in silence, keep secret. It also means; in order to prove, confirm, or attest a thing; seal.
These wax seals functioned similar to how we use our signature today. The seal was also used for purposes of royal or official business. (Ester 8:8)
Ephesians4:30says, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
As his children we have security in him and we are marked by God forever. Seals were also used to ratify or authenticate an agreement: We also see this in OT in Jeremiah. It says in Jeremiah 32:9, “finished transaction of a purchase and deed.”
Jer. 32:11 says, “I took the deed of purchase – the sealed copy containing the terms and conditions.” Also, Nehemiah 9:38 speaks of making a binding agreement, put in writingand affixing a seal to it. When Jesus died and was buried an angel appeared – he broke the seal on the tomb and rolled that stone away and rose.
He opened up a new covenant with him and his death on the Cross. We now have some new terms and that old seal no longer works. Ephesians 1:13-14 says, “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your salvation. Having believed you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession- to the praise of His glory”
The Red represents the blood bought sacrifice and his blood shed for our sins sealed the transaction. We are covered and protected by Jesus blood. We are free through the His blood made us holy and clean. It’s in his blood that he showed us his love. Hosea 13:12 says, “He seals up all your transgressions or sins…”
In essence our heart is bound to Jesus and it says in Song of sol. 8:6-7, “Set me as a seal upon your heart. As a seal upon your arm; For love is as strong as death,Jealousy as cruel as the grave; Its flames are flames of fire, A most vehement flame.”
The Torch within the Red seal represents revival fire that can only be carried through love. We must be so on fire for God that nothing will stop us from revealing His heart and flame of love for His beloved. When we have love and passion for Jesus and an intense willingness to live it all for Him, we can move in power for God’s purposes to be a witness for Christ.
There’s a mandate on every person that as God’s possession we are to pass His love on to others.