Ephesians 1:13-14 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation–having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.
Once again this Scripture comes up in Bible study and so many are saying “You can never lose your salvation” to others, making them feel cozy inside believing that no matter how they live their lives they will be in Heaven.
Isn’t that the way of man? Wanting to hear what makes them happy, what makes them feel good.
I have said before that I believe God has shown me in multiple verses that you can walk away or reject your salvation. I don’t say that I am positive and it is Truth, but I do give people something to think about and go to God with.
I have asked God to assure me and give me that confidence that others seem to have about never losing salvation if it is true, and He still hasn’t. I get fired up when people give that guarantee. I start to shake inside and get angry, but I believe it is righteous anger.
I believe that the enemy has used this in the Churches in order to keep people far from God. Never having to worry or think about their walk with God because of their guarantee.
It says above you are sealed when you believe. One definition of seal is a die or signet having a raised emblem used to stamp or impression on a receptive substance. Reminds me of Revelation 22:4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.
Seals can be broken though and the contents spilled out. God doesn’t say ” you are sealed and that seal can never be broken”.
It says in Matt 10:22 and Matt 24:13 that he who stands firm til the end will be saved, it doesn’t say “everyone who ever believed will be saved”.
Paul beat his body to obey the Lord, do you? Do you suffer and agonize over your sin? Or do you go about like so many in the world participating in sexual activities or getting drunk? God says not to be part of this world. When we watch movies that contain these things and listen to music etc, we are desensitizing ourselves to His Word. We are becoming so used to it, that we don’t even remember it’s wrong.
Christians all over the world are being tortured and killed for Christ. What makes you think that won’t happen to us? It is coming and we have to endure or not be with our God. It says in Matt 24:10 At that time many will turn away from the faith. You can’t turn away from what you didn’t have in the first place, to me he is warning those with the Spirit.
In order to endure we have to be close to Him, so that the Spirit can help us stand firm. I have had so many times with God where I just want to fall to my knees and I cry because I am so overwhelmed by His presence around and inside of me. That is what we need in order to endure.
A Pastor friend explained it this way one day. The Spirit will be your anesthetic, walking with God now strengthens you Spirit and that will determine how much anesthetic you have in order to endure. I want to be like Stephen who smiled up at God while he was being stoned to death.
How can you endure and strengthen your Spirit if you have let yourself be convinced by what a person in a Church building says? You have then put your salvation in the hands of an imperfect man and you let yourself rest on the statement that you are sealed and guaranteed salvation, when it looks like God is warning otherwise?
It’s just like people who say they are forgiven because they asked for it. Well, that isn’t completely true Acts 3:19 says repentance is asking forgiveness and turning back to God, in other words turning from your sin, not participating anymore. Are you at least beating your body over the sin you are trying to stop or are you just resting on the fact that Jesus died on the cross?
Revelations 22:15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
Keep in mind this doesn’t say the ones who haven’t asked for forgiveness in these areas are outside, it says those who!!!!
So if you are a Christian who ignores that these things are wrong and participate in them without a struggle, not even trying to turn from them, are you still sealed? Or were you really ever sealed?
There will be conviction if you are a child of God. You can ignore it for a while but it will weigh you down until you either turn back or walk away.