The Holy Spirit Signs His Servants
He who establishes us with you in Christ . . . has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
-2 Corinthians 1:21-22, emphasis added
God not only seals and secures His servants, but Jesus also shows His love by always knowing the whereabouts of His servants that He has signed His name upon (Revelation 7:4-8). There is something comforting about this in verse 4: One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed.
If you really want to confound a Jew, ask him, "What tribe are you in?" He won't be able to tell you. In A.D. 70, when the Roman General Titus came and burned the temple, genealogical records that were stored there, and zealously guarded, were destroyed. But God knows which tribe each of His people is in, and Jesus always knows where His servants are.
In Revelation 7:5-8, the tribes are not listed in their right birth order. Not all the tribes are there. Dan is missing, Manasseh is the son of Joseph, and Ephraim is not in this listing. The order according to birth would be: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, and so on. However, the list as it appears in chapter 7 is God's order. Judah is shown first because that is the royal tribe. The tribe of Dan is not there because they apostatized, and no apostate can be an evangelist. God has His purposes and He sets things in order as He sees fit. (By the way, this is not the same order listed in Revelation 21 and 22.)
Jesus will identify all the members of these tribes, confront them face-to-face, and draw them to himself. Some people have a problem with His chasing after the 144,000 like this because of feeling that in their own lives they had to search for Christ a long time before getting saved. Such persons simply have a wrong view of salvation. No one personally seeks the Lord: "There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God" (Romans 3:10-11). God is the One who always does the chasing to draw us to himself. We were born dead in our trespasses and sins-we were not born looking for Jesus.
We can clearly see in the 144,000 that there are three elements to what the Holy Spirit does in each believer at salvation: (1) the Spirit signs us; (2) the Spirit seals us; and (3) the Spirit secures us. (We will cover all three elements over the next few days.)
First Element of Salvation-The Spirit Signs Us: He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God (2 Corinthians 1:21). "Anointed" is the signature of God showing that we have security, and authentically belong to God. Many people in Christendom worry a lot about whether or not they are really saved. Usually this is due to having an incorrect view as to how they became a Christian. They forget who does the action and who is the initiator of salvation. The Bible says that it is always God.
Remember: we don't find Christ, He finds us. We are lost, and He is the seeker: "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10). He first finds us, we respond to Him, and then He establishes us. That means He grabs hold of us and anoints us with His Spirit; He signs us so that we are authentically His.
- His gift of salvation is gracious: But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name (John 1:12).
- His supply is inexhaustible: For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure (John 3:34).
- His anointing is personal: But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things (1 John 2:20).
It is so wonderful that we don't need a mystical anointing from some teacher. The Holy Spirit signs us so that we are authentically God's. Hallelujah!
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