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Sealed Unto The Day Of Redemption

The English word sake originated from an old Anglo-Saxon word meaning purpose, or cause. It's often used in the Scriptures to translate the Greek word (pronounced) hi-neck-en which means the same as the English word, purpose. The Bible speaks of "Christ's sake," Christ's purpose, in terms of His role as the Savior who makes possible the forgiveness of sin for the truly repentant. Those who forsake Christ's sake have a very different fate awaiting them.

"And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption"

If not for the sacrifice of the Christ, God may have permanently obliterated all of sinful humanity from the earth long ago (He came very close to doing just that with the flood in the time of Noah). But because of Christ's sake, Christ's purpose, God has given humanity a chance to accept the Sacrifice of His Son. Those who do will be forgiven, those who don't will be obliterated (see also When Will You Be Judged?)

Passover In Egypt

"And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." (Ephesians 4:30-32 KJV)

People who reject the Truth very often look down upon believers "in Christ's sake." But the time is surely coming when those who humbly repented and obeyed God will be granted glorious eternal life; they will be "as the brightness of the firmament" (Daniel 12:3 KJV). A brief part of their "shining" might be a reflection of the flames on the day that God burns all of the others who chose to forsake Christ's sake.

"And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong." (2 Corinthians 12:9-10 KJV)

"For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith The Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. But unto you that fear My Name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith The Lord of hosts." (Malachi 4:1-3 KJV)

Fact Finder: How are people "sealed" unto redemption?
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