Yes, I know it’s been ages since I’ve posted anything. But I thought I would share something that I wrote for the meeting with the saints last night. I hope it’s enlightening for you.
Even the most powerful of kings on this earth have never been omnipresent. Their reigns have had limits…their power, boundaries. Such kings have always been and always will be incapable of encompassing their kingdoms: their peoples and their lands. Therefore, throughout history, from the time of the ancient Egyptians, there has been a practice used (particularly among those in power) for the purpose of extending one’s authority from the throne. This practice requires a special tool that is used to mark any object, person, or message that attests to the authority of its bearer. This is the function of the seal.
Seals, or signets, were usually pieces of stone metal that had some sort of design or letters engraved into them. The designs would normally represent the king in some way. For example, seals of Persian kings that have been discovered often featured the king doing some heroic act, such as slaying a monster or beast. Most seals were either made in the form of stamps or into rings: such rings were called “signet rings.” The seal was either covered in ink or pressed into hot wax in order to make its mark on an object or document. If a king wanted to give his authority to another person, he could give to that subject his seal or signet ring.
Seals and signet rings are mentioned all throughout scripture. For example, after Joseph had been sold into slavery by his brothers and was thought to be dead by many, he rose to the highest position over the land: sitting at the Pharaoh’s right hand. Pharaoh told Joseph that only in the throne would he, Pharaoh, be greater than him (Genesis 41:40). He gave Joseph his signet ring as proof of his newfound position. All authority and power had been given to Joseph
In the book of Esther, Mordecai was going to be sentenced to death by Haman, the king’s highest servant, because he refused to bow down and pay homage to him. Haman also had formulated a plot to destroy all of God’s people, the Jews, because they did not obey the king’s laws. However, it transpired through the deeds of Esther that Mordecai was instead honored and was given Haman’s position, long with the signet ring that had been on Haman’s finger, was given to Mordecai. Esther asked that a decree be written and sealed with the king’s signet ring that the death sentence given to the Jews would be reversed and that God’s people would be saved. According to Esther, “a decree which is written in the name of the king and sealed with the king’s signet ring may not be revoked” (Esther 8:8)
Yet another example can be found in the book of Haggai, where the Lord says to Zerubbabel, the governor of Judah and rebuilder of God’s temple, “I am going to shake the heavens and the earth. And I will overthrow the thrones of kingdoms and destroy the power of the kingdoms of the nations; and I will overthrow the chariots and their riders, and the horses and their riders will go down, everyone by the sword of another. On that day, I will take you, Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, My servant, and I will make you like a signet ring, for I have chosen you” (Haggai 2:21-23).
I probably have no need to point this out, but each of the three men from the Old Testament that I have mentioned here: Joseph, Mordecai, and Zerubbabel, are all types/shadows of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Joseph, the man who was thought to be dead but had been given all authority in the land and became the source of bread for all of the people. Mordecai, the poor, humble man who became the salvation of God’s people, protecting them from their enemies. Zerubbabel, a descendant of King David and the one who came to Judah to rebuild the temple of the Lord, which was in ruins. Each of these men bore the seal of a king, whether on earth or in heaven.
Now look at the words of the Lord that he spoke of himself in John 6:27:
“Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man shall give to you, for on Him the father, God, has set His seal.”
Unlike all earthly kings, our God is a king who DOES encompass and embody his kingdom. For the Lord, Jesus Christ has the seal of the Father. Not only does he have the seal, he IS the seal. The image that is engraved on God’s seal is Jesus Christ. He is the signet ring of the most high God. For just as Pharaoh set Joseph over all the land, all authority has been given to Jesus Christ in heaven and on earth.
But that’s not all. Seals were not only used to bear the authority of their owners, but also to close up messages in order to conceal their contents either until the appointed time or for the proper eyes and ears. They prevented tampering up until the time was right…and then the seal would be broken. When the seal was broken, the decree was carried out. In the same way, all of the mysteries and intentions of God were hidden from man from the beginning, concealed in our Lord. Even when he walked the earth, those who walked with him and watched him perform miracles did not recognize him. But when the Son of Man, the seal of the Father, was broken, then the appointed time had come. The Lord’s decree was carried out. Christ could now be revealed to his people.
Now for us, who are his people, the reality of this stretches even further. Look at what Paul says of us in his letters to the Corinthians and the Ephesians:
“Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.” (2 Cor. 1:21-22)
“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.” (Eph. 1:13-14)
This, to me, is mind-blowing. By the Holy Spirit, the seal of Christ has been placed upon us, His treasured possession. He has made his claim, his mark upon us. No one can touch us. Those who are in Christ have been “stamped,” and now bear the authority and image of Christ on this earth. We may now declare and express the purpose of God in Christ to mankind. This is clearly what Paul’s mission was, as he told the Corinthian church:
“You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts.” (2 Cor. 3:2-3)