Bible Study 12-3-19
Once Saved Always Saved (Can a believer “lose” their salvation)
The Holy Spirit is a “seal.” Do you know why the sealing is needed and what “the seal” means? Second Timothy 2:19 says, “Having this seal,  The Lord knows those who are His, and,  Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness.”
There are three meanings to the sealing.
– 1.) Once something is sealed, it signifies that the thing belongs to the person who sealed it.
– 2.) What is being sealed bears the resemblance of the seal. “The Lord knows those who are His,” indicates that all those who are sealed by the Lord belong to Him. “And, Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness,” indicates that all those sealed by the Lord should bear His image.
The first meaning of the sealing is that we belong to the Lord. The second meaning is that we are the same as the Lord and bear His image.
The Ephesians understood the Holy Spirit as a seal much better than we do, for their city was engaged in lumber business. Ephesus was close to a harbor, and the trees were cut on the mountain and floated downstream to the harbor. Once I read a book about Ephesus. It said that many merchants went there to buy lumber. Each of them brought with him a different seal of iron, like a hammer. When they completed negotiation on a load of lumber, each of them would seal the lumber he bought with his own hammer-seal before he went home. It did not matter if they did not come back after three or five months; some did not have need for the lumber right away. Whenever they wanted their lumber, they would send their men to get it, bringing along the hammer-seal used previously. They only needed to compare the seals on the wood with their own seal. All the pieces that had their seal belonged to them, and they could take them away. No mistake could be made this way.
– 3.) Security – God has not only sealed us with the Holy Spirit as a seal, indicating that we belong to Him now, but has also told us that we are sealed unto the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30 says, “You were sealed unto the day of redemption.” It does not say “for a while” but “unto the day of redemption.” What does “the day of redemption” refer to? It refers to the day our body is redeemed and raptured. When the Lord comes to reap and rapture the believers, there will be some everywhere. How can the Lord recognize His people? It is by the seal. The seal is just for the day of redemption. Where there is the seal, there will be no confusion and no mistake. God is like the lumber merchant. The Holy Spirit is the seal of God. The Holy Spirit is not the sealer but the seal. It is God who puts the Holy Spirit into us as a seal. How long will this “sealing” last? It will last unto the day of redemption. The Bible says, “Unto the day of redemption.”
2 Timothy 1:12
Not Always Saved
Heb. 3:12,14 – 1 Tim. 4:1
2 Pet. 2:20-22
Not Yet Fully Saved – Predicated upon our endurance and continuance in the faith
1 Corinthians 1:18
2 Corinthians 2:15