The sealing work of God the Holy Spirit introduces yet another rationale for eternal security.
EPH 1:13* In whom, when you heard the message of truth, the Gospel of your salvation [common grace]; in whom, when you believed [efficacious grace], you were also sealed by means of the Holy Spirit.
The signature guarantee (sealing ministry) of the Holy Spirit includes the following:
The ministry of the Holy Spirit in common and efficacious grace (pre-salvation grace).
Eternal salvation at the moment of faith in Christ (salvation grace).
Eternal security in time (post-salvation grace).
The portfolio of invisible assets in time (post-salvation grace).
EPH 4:30* Stop grieving the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you have been sealed to the day of redemption.
A seal is a sign of possession; a seal attached to anything of any value signifies ownership. Sealing was a sign of business transactions or contracts in the ancient world; therefore, in the spiritual realm, the sealing of the Spirit is God’s final stamp of approval! No matter what happens after salvation, God owns us and will gather us all to Himself at the rapture of the Church, the point of ultimate sanctification (resurrection). The work for salvation is totally finished, JOH 17:4; JOH 19:30.
JOH 17:4“I glorified Thee on the earth, having accomplished the work which Thou hast given Me to do.”
JOH 19:30When Jesus therefore had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head, and gave up His spirit.
God the Holy Spirit indwells us and seals us in Christ forever, because God the Father has signed a contract with us, and He will never renege on it.
MAL 3:6“For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.”
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