Sealed

I’m a nerd. 

I love the dictionary. 

Today my father was doing a devotional with a group of guys that have been hanging around my house. Two of them were new Christians and two of them had recently rededicated their lives back to God. He was speaking to them out of 2 Timothy chapter 1, specifically verse six, which says: “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which has been given you through the laying on of hands.” My dad was using this verse to explain to them that their actions can either fuel the fire inside of them, or put it out. This idea stuck with me all day, fanning into flame the gift(s) God has given me. I just kept pouring over it in my thoughts and different songs would come to mind that referenced this idea, the most prominent one being You Won’t Relent.

You won’t relent until
You have it all
My Heart is Yours

I’ll set, You as a seal
Upon my heart
As a seal upon my arm
For there is love
That is as strong as death
A jealousy demanding as the grave
And many waters
Cannot quench this love

Come be the fire inside of me
Come be the flame upon my heart
Come be the fire inside of me
Until You and I are one

After having this song stuck in my head all day, I decided to set the second part as my status. I was typing it in from memory, and when I got to the ‘seal’ part, I wanted to make sure that I was using the right form of seal. I wasn’t sure if the animal seal had the same spelling or not, and whenever I second guess myself on my word usage, I always run to my handy dandy dictionary. 

Seal:
Noun 
1: a device or substance that is used to join two things together so as to prevent them from coming apart or to prevent anything from passing between them.

2: a piece of wax. lead, or other material with an individual design stamped into it, attached to a document to show that it has come from the person who claims to have issued it.

3: a thing regarded as a confirmation or guarantee of something.

Verb
4: conclude, establish, or secure (something) definitively, excluding the possibility of reversal or loss.

Now, I’ve always questioned that part in the song. Not hardcore questioned it, or I would have looked it up before now, but always in the back of my mind when we would sing this song, I would wonder, “What do they mean to place God as a seal up on their hearts? Or upon their arm?” Usually my mind would come up with some little Christian answer to keep my mind from dwelling on it too much so I could get back to worship, but I think knowing the literal meaning of the word ‘sealed’ gives more meaning to the song. 

Think about it. To bind two things together so nothing can pass through it. 

I’ll set you as a seal upon my heart – Sealing our hearts to God. Nothing can pass through and separate us. 
As a seal upon my arm – Showing that it has come from the person claiming to have issued it. Not only have we sealed ourselves to God, but more importantly, God has placed his seal on us. Binding us to him. Nothing can get in and separate us. 

To conclude, establish, or secure something definitively, excluding the possibility of reversal or loss.

The blood of Christ is our seal. 

When we accept that the perfect blood of Christ was payment for our sins, we allow it, in a spiritual sense, to wash over us. To cleanse us. It takes away our punishment of sin and seals us to God. He has claimed ownership over us and has sealed it with the blood of his son. 

To secure something definitively, excluding the possibility of reversal or loss. 

Because I’m a nerd, and because I want you to understand the full weight of these words, here are some more definitions for you.

Secure:
adjective
-fixed or fastened so as not to give way, become loose, or be lost
-not subjected to threat; certain to remain or continue safe and unharmed
-protected against attack
-feeling safe, stable, and free from fear and anxiety

Definitive:
adjective
-Done or reached decisively and with authority
-The most authoritative of its kind

Excluding:
verb
-prevent the occurrence of

This is what the blood of Christ has done for us. It has sealed us to God. It has secured us definitively to him, excluding the possibility of reversal or loss. 

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: For your sake we face death all day long, we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:31-39

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?

Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither present nor future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all of Creation.

We are sealed. 

Preventing anything from passing between us and him. 

How beautiful, how great, how masterful is the love of God.

Come be the fire inside of me
Come be the flame inside my heart
Come be the fire inside of me
Until you and I are one.
 
This thought was actually covered at camp a couple weeks ago, but I missed the significance of what the speak was telling us at the time. My brain always needs a little time to process things. But the speaker had said that the Israelites use to put the name of the Lord on their arms, signifying that they belonged to the Lord. And that’s were the second part of the definition comes in. 

Attached to a document to show that it has come from the person who claims to have issued it. 

When a king would place his seal on something, he would be sending out that document with his authority. Meaning, anything that had the kings seal on it had as much authority as if the king was speaking those very words from his mouth. That’s what God has done to us. He places his seal on us to show that we have come from him, and with that, we have all the authority he has granted us. The same authority that he gave Jesus. The authority to heal the sick. Cast out demons. Make lame men walk. 

You, my dear brother or sister in Christ, have been sealed by God. You have his authority upon you; you cannot be separated and nothing can pass between you. 

 
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