Continued from Part
THE FATHER’S SEAL OF THE SPIRIT
Step six has to do with one of the guarantees of your
salvation. When you are saved, the Bible teaches that you are sealed
by the Spirit of God. Ephesians 1:13 teaches:
whom ye also trusted, after that ye
the word of truth, the gospel of
salvation: in whom also after that
believed, ye were sealed with that holy
II Corinthians 1:21-22 reads:
he which stablisheth us with you in
and hath anointed us, is God; Who
also sealed us, and given the earnest
the Spirit in our hearts.
These verses teach that you are sealed with the Holy
Ghost by the Father at the time of salvation. The Holy Spirit is
not your sealer; He is your seal. A seal is something that
fastens securely and which must be broken in order to be opened. Your
salvation is secured by the Spirit of God. And not only are you
presently sealed, but you are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Ephesians 4:30 states:
grieve not the holy Spirit of God,
ye are sealed unto the day of
The seal of the Spirit is guaranteed good unto the
day of redemption, that is, the day when Christ takes us up to be with
This means that you cannot
become lost by breaking your promise to God. Since your security
is based on the seal of the Spirit, no promise or commitment broken by
you can void your salvation. The only way to lose your salvation
is to break the Father’s seal of the Spirit. That is step six.
VII. CHANGE THE
MEANING OF “EVERLASTING”
When you accept Christ as Saviour, you receive the
gift of eternal, or everlasting, life.
Romans 6:23 explains:
the wages of sin is death;
the gift of God is eternal
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
John 3:15-16 further states:
whosoever believeth in him
not perish, but have eternal
God so loved the world,
he gave his only begotten Son,
whosoever believeth in him
not perish, but have everlasting
Please notice that Romans 6:23 and John 3:15 speak
of “eternal life,” while John 3:16 speaks of “everlasting life.” When
you are saved , you receive both. And while “everlasting” and “eternal” both
mean without end, there is a difference in emphasis. “Everlasting” is
a term of quantity and emphasizes length of life: everlasting as
opposed to temporary. “Eternal,” on the other hand, is a term of
quality and emphasizes the kind of life you receive at salvation: eternal
as opposed to temporal or earthly. As Christ taught, He came that
you might “have life”
and that you might “have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
Probably the greatest thing about eternal life is
that it is given as a present possession.
John 5:24 reads:
verily, I say unto you, He
heareth my word, and believeth
him that sent me, hath everlasting
life, and shall not come into condemnation;
is passed from death unto life.
When you hear the word and believe on Christ, you have (present
tense) everlasting life. Nothing is ever said in scripture about
receiving this life in the future. You have everlasting life as
a present possession from the point of salvation.
This means that you cannot lose everlasting life. Think about this: if your life has ending today (you are going
to perish), then it could not have been without ending (everlasting)
yesterday. To lose everlasting life would be an impossibility. Therefore,
since to lose everlasting life would be a contradiction of terms, there
is only one way to lose your salvation. You must change the meaning
of the word “everlasting.” That is the completion of step seven.
YOURSELF FROM THE FAMILY OF GOD
When you are saved, you are born again. This
is the doctrine of regeneration.
Titus 3:5 states:
by works of righteousness which
have done, but according to his
he saved us, by the washing of
and renewing of the Holy
Notice that you are saved by the washing of regeneration. The
word “regeneration” means to be reborn. You are said to be born again
because your salvation is your second birth.
Read the teaching of John 1:12-13:
as many as received him, to
gave he power to become the
of God, even to them that believe
his name: Which were born, not of
nor of the will of the flesh, nor
the will of man, but of God.
While your first birth was physical, your second birth
is spiritual (“of God”). By this new birth you become one of the
sons or children of God.
Since you have been born into the family of God, you
cannot become lost by denying your birth. A child naturally born
cannot cease to be the father’s child, no matter what is said or what
separations are made. So, an individual born into the family of
God cannot simply cease to be the Father’s child. In order to lose
your salvation, you must somehow unbirth yourself from the family of
God. That is step eight.
IX. NULLIFY YOUR
ADOPTION BY THE FATHER
Another benefit of salvation is your adoption by the
Father. A saved person belongs to the Father by creation (He made
us), by redemption (He bought us), by regeneration (we were born to Him),
and by adoption (He adopted us). Concerning adoption.
Galatians 4:5-6 teaches:
redeem them that were under the
that we might receive the
of sons. And because ye
sons, God hath sent forth the
of his Son into your hearts,
In salvation you receive the adoption of sons. Therefore, through adoption, you also become one of the children of God (see also Romans 8:15-16).
You cannot become lost by simply ignoring your adoption. Adoption
is a legal and binding change of parents whereby you lose your old parentage
( “of your father the devil,” John 8:44) and gain a
new Father. You cannot lose your salvation by turning from your
heavenly Father. You must somehow nullify your adoption by the
Father. And so step nine ends.
X. SEPARATE YOURSELF
FROM THE LOVE OF CHRIST
At the very moment any person accepts Christ as Saviour,
another wondrous blessing takes place. They are placed within the
center of Christ’s love. The love of Christ, which is beyond human
comprehension, becomes your strong refuge. Read here in Ephesians
to know the love of Christ, which
knowledge, that ye might be
with all the fullness of God.
To know Christ is to know a love which is unknowable. This is one of the miracles of salvation.
This love into which you are placed is not only beyond
human comprehension, but it is also the greatest power in the universe. Romans 8:35-39 states:
shall separate us from the
love of Christ? shall tribulation,
distress, or persecution, or
or nakedness, or peril, or
it is written, For thy
we are killed all the day long;
are accounted as sheep for the
in all these things
are more than conquerors through
that loved us. For I am persuaded,
neither death, nor life, nor angels,
principalities, nor powers, nor things
nor things to come, Nor height,
depth, nor any other creature, shall be
to separate us from the love of God,
is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Notice that one by one those things which might separate
you from the love of Christ are eliminated. And then, lastly, all
other possibilities are at once denied by the phrase, “nor any other
creature.” To be in the love of Christ is to be eternally safe
from all the dangers which your soul might encounter.
In fact, you cannot become lost by denying Christ’s
love. When you give yourself to the love of Christ, He takes you
into His bosom of love. This love is so powerful as to deny any
other thing to come between His love and the Christian. Yet, to
lose your salvation, you must somewhere find the strength to separate
yourself from this great love.
That is step ten.
When you are saved, you are spiritually translated
to heaven. That’s right--at the point of your salvation, you are
translated into heaven. Now this is not the physical catching up
which is promised to come later, but it is a Biblically taught translation.
Look at Colossians 1:12-13:
thanks unto the Father,
hath made us meet to be
of the inheritance of
saints in light: Who hath
us from the power of
and hath translated us
the kingdom of his dear Son:
Notice that you have been (past tense) translated
into the kingdom of God. To translate means to bear across and
is used in the Bible in reference to a taking up into heaven. Enoch
was not found “because God had translated him” (Heb. 11:5). This
translation puts you spiritually into heaven. Still skeptical?
Then read Ephesians 2:5-6:
when we were dead in sins,
quickened us together with
(by grace ye are saved;)
hath raised us up together,
made us sit together in
places in Christ Jesus:
When are you raised up and made to sit in heavenly
places? This occurs when you are saved. And where are these
heavenly places? In chapter one of Ephesians, verse twenty,
Jesus Christ is sitting at the right hand of God “in the heavenly places.” The
heavenly places are the abode of God. They are heaven itself. You
see, the wonderful truth is that since you are “in Christ” and Christ
is in heaven, then you are positionally and spiritually already in heaven. You
are only waiting for your body and soul to catch up with your spirit.
Now, for the problem. You cannot
become lost by failing to go to heaven. In Christ, you are spiritually
already there. You cannot simply lose out on your chance to go
there. To lose your salvation, you must leave the premises of
heaven and remove yourself from your position in Christ. That
completes step eleven.
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