“I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals.” Rev. 5:1.
In 1790 a town in France requested an honor from its government. The denied request failed to be delivered for 220 years. A World War II love letter failed to be delivered for over 64 years. And then it went to an air force base. It still waits delivery to its rightful recipient or return to sender.
In Revelation chapters 5-8, the Lamb, who is Lion of the tribe of Judah, opens the seals of the book to reveal events that are shortly to come to pass. The message had been signed, sealed and now delivered. We learn through these passages that God’s seal is fixed and certain. It cannot be opened by man.
Checking out the meaning of seal, Vine’s Expository Dictionary, states it is an emblem of ownership and security. The word used in Revelation is a strengthened form meaning something closed that the opening discloses. Again, what God opens no man shuts, and what He shuts no man opens.
Jesus identifies Himself to the church in Philadelphia as holy, true, has the key of David, “who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens…” Rev. 3:7.
I started following the proverbial rabbit trail as I realized in the Revelation passage concerning the seals, man has no power to seal anything. Try as he might, it is a work of God that truly seals and reveals. For instance:
“So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.” Matt. 27:66. We all know how well that worked for them when on the first day of the week the tomb was opened revealing a risen Savior.
In comparison I turned to Ephesians 1:13 & 14. “In (Christ) 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 (believers), unto the praise of his glory.”
Rejoicing filled my heart as the truth hit home. I am sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. A seal only God can break but won’t, for He is a covenant keeping God.This seal is my guarantee of deliverance to my eternal home, my inheritance in Christ Jesus. There is nothing that can keep it from happening.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ, shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword…Nay…we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom. 8:35-39.
The document stating our inheritance is the new testament written and signed in the blood of Christ. The seal that guarantees delivery is the Holy Spirit of promise who resides in our hearts. Delivery? It is still in the process. We have been purchased, redeemed and one day this letter of Christ will be delivered to its destination. We have God’s seal on it.
“For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. 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.” 2Cor. 1:22.