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What is Covenant? Lesson 6: Learn how God seals your faith.God Seals Your Faith With the Token of the Spirit
 
When you come into covenant with God, He gives you a token that seals His love to you. The token God gives you is not a ring, but the token is the Holy Spirit. God shows us this pattern in the book of Acts where the apostles and disciples were baptized with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues (Acts 2:4).
 
Just as a ring is a reminder to the wife that she belongs to her husband, the Holy Spirit, engrafted into the heart of a believer, is a reminder that we belong to God. A ring is a visible symbol of love, which reminds the bearer of the pledge upon which the union is built. The Holy Spirit is a living memorial of Jesus’ love for us, His Bride. Every time you pray in tongues it is a living reminder of God’s pledge to you that He would give new life to your soul.
 
In addition, the ring has always been an emblem of refreshment and renewal, for as the precious metal turns again upon itself, so a good marriage is said to turn upon itself to refresh and renew the bond of love. How beautifully this illustrates covenant faith. The bond we have with God is renewed and refreshed daily at the altar of Christ where we worship Him. As we draw upon His grace, the Spirit of God continues to renew and refresh us in the life of Christ.
 
When Does God Give us His Token of Love?
 
When does God give us His token of love? After you heard and after you believed, then you are sealed. Let’s look at how the Spirit of the Lord brings this out through Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Christians at Ephesus:
 
Ephesians 1:13-14, “In whom ye also trusted, AFTER that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise. Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”
 
The 4 Steps of Conversion are: (1) Grace, (2) Faith, (3) Righteousness, and (4) the Seal. The seal of the Spirit comes AFTER grace, faith, and righteousness. To review the 4 Steps again you can refer to Lesson 4: 4 Steps to Covenant Faith.
 
The Token of the Spirit is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
 
Now it is time to make the connection between the “token” of the Spirit (the seal) and the “baptism” of the Holy Spirit. In Acts chapter 1 we see Jesus preparing His disciples to receive this token from God. He commanded them “that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence” Acts 1:4-5.
 
The Promise of the Father
 
Now we can see that Jesus gives a name to God’s promise to seal our faith and give us a token of His presence. Jesus refers to it as a “baptism” of the Holy Ghost. Jesus wanted His apostles to understand that their faith needed to be sealed by this baptism of the Spirit and He needed them to know that this is the promise He had been speaking to them of. He says, “the promise of the Father. . .you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
 
You will receive this promise of the Father that I have been telling you about over and over again. Don’t leave! Stay! Wait for it! You cannot go on and serve Me without it. This is My plan, that I be joined to you through this power of the Holy Spirit. This is My plan, that I breathe new life into you through the Holy Spirit. This is My plan, that I form my fruit in you by My Spirit. My Spirit used to be ‘WITH’ you, and you experienced Me that way, but now My Spirit must be ‘IN’ you for you to experience Me in a new way.
 
The Holy Spirit was WITH you and now He is IN You
 
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The Seal of the Spirit
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The Spirit of God being WITH a person can manifest His presence, but NOT heal the soul, NOT bring the soul into covenant with God. Remember all that the disciples experienced with Christ, the Spirit being WITH them, but not yet IN them was wonderful. It was tangible. The grace of God was real to them. They experienced all these things, the Spirit being WITH them, but not yet IN them. For Jesus said, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth WITH you, and shall be IN you” (John 14:16,17).
 
Today, Christians try to prove that the Holy Spirit is IN them by producing the same evidences of God's presence that the disciples experienced when the Spirit was WITH them. The grace that is experienced is of God. The deception comes when Satan changes the pattern conversion to lead the church to believe that the Spirit of God is in them without the seal or baptism of the Holy Spirit taking place.
 
Remember the beautiful psalms David wrote from his experience with God. The Spirit being not IN him, but WITH him: "If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us" (Psalm 124:2). David experienced the deliverances that God provided for him. He knew the Spirit of God because God was WITH him, but the Spirit was not IN him. David could not experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit for Christ had not yet died for the sins of the world and risen from the dead to place salvation in Himself. God’s plan never changed. He had not planned for you to be like king David. God planned for you to partake of the divine nature. The Christ likeness. This is God’s plan, to share Himself with us. For Him to share Himself with us, He must be IN us. It is that simple!
 
The Gift of the Holy Ghost
 
So far we have used these words to describe the action of God to place His Spirit in a believer. We used the word "token", "seal", "promise", and "baptism". Now we will see how God also uses the word "gift" to describe His actiion to give the Holy Spirit to all who believe. The same “promise of the Father” that Jesus referred to as the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, Peter later referred to as  “the gift of the Holy Ghost”. In Acts 2:38 he said, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
 
The words “gift” and “Holy Ghost” both refer to the same activity of God baptizing you in the Holy Spirit. God engrafts the Holy Spirit into your soul to begin the healing process. Some in the current Christian culture have referred the this activity as “welcoming” God as He draws near to you, but this short sighted teaching misdirects faith away from the plan of God to seal your faith with the token of His Spirit.
 
Let’s look at that a little closer to learn how to disambiguate the false teaching about the Holy Spirit from the true teaching. The word “welcome” is a word that describes the action of faith upon receiving the grace of God. The Word of His grace is received and “welcomed” in the heart. More accurately, the repentant sinner is “obeying” the voice of God and yielding his mind and his will to God. That is the action that faith takes upon receiveing grace.
 
As we have studied, conversion must follow these 4 important steps: (1) Grace, (2) Faith, (3) Righteousness, and (4) the Seal. In the absence of this pattern, conversion stops at faith and the repentant sinner is not sealed. He envisions Jesus or the Holy Spirit being received into the heart as he “welcomes” Him in. From that point on the imagination rules faith in the absence of the Spirit.
 
We can now go back to Apostle Peter to gain more insight to clarify what we are learning here. You may recall that God chose Peter to go to the Gentiles with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Acts chapter 10 tells us what happened when Cornelius and his house “received” the Holy Spirit. They did not receive the Spirit by “welcoming” the Holy Spirit in, they were baptized in the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues as the sign that the baptism of the Holy Spirit had been received. Tongues was the sign that the gift of the Holy Ghost was received.
 
Acts 10:44-46
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
45  And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
46  For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
 
Note verse 46 tells us that Peter acknowledged Cornelius and his house had received the Holy Spirit because he heard them “speak with tongues”. In the next chapter God again confirms how the Holy Spirit is received and the sign that accompanies this gift (promise of the Father). Peter rehearses to the apostles and elders at Jerusalem all that God did through his preaching in the house of Cornelius.
 
Peter does not say that the Gentiles “welcomed” the Holy Spirit. Rather, he uses the word “GIFT” to help the church relate to what happened. The same “GIFT” they received in the upper room is the same GIFT God gave to the Gentiles. The gift from God is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the gift and the sign that this gift was given and received is tongues.
 
Acts 11: 15-17
15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.
16  Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
17  Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?
 
Here Peter is reflecting on the fact that the Gentiles also spoke in tongues as a sign that they had received the Holy Ghost. Peter accepts that God has extended to the Gentiles the same promise of life through Jesus Christ that Jesus spoke to him about in Acts 1:4-5. He also states here in verse 17 that those who believe on the Lord Jesus receive the same gift from God. The same baptism of the Holy Spirit. The same sign of tongues.
 
For a long time the word “gift” in connection to the baptism of the Holy Ghost was confused with the gift of tongues that is seen in 1 Corinthians chapter 12. But it is not the same. There are 2 distinct manifestations of tongues. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a gift from the Father to all who believe, while the gift of tongues is given as the Spirit wills. The manifestation of tongues that accompanies the baptism of the Holy Spirit is altogether different. It is given to all as a prayer language the believer can initiate at any time. (Download the free Ebook “The Seal of the Spirit” on this page for  more clarifications)
 
Drink Deeply of the Spirit
 
We can now turn our attention to learn what it means to “drink” deeply of the Spirit. Let’s first look at what Jesus said. Jesus said, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.” (John 7:37)
 
A practical look at how drinking water is related to thirst lets us know that Jesus is addressing our spiritual thirst for God which is quenched by us partaking of the Spirit. It is also said that “water is life”. This is yet another practical look at God’s view of the baptism of the Holy Spirit and how He planned to give life to the soul as we daily pray in tongues.
 
To drink deeply of the Spirit means that we are to pray in tongues daily to receive from God continued nourishment for the soul. Apostle Jude relates to this by saying, “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, PRAYING in the Holy Ghost.” (Jude 1:20)
 
God’s plan is that all believers receive the Holy Spirit in the same way to drink of Him freely and walk in the liberty of life that is in Jesus Christ. This is again confirmed in chapters 10 and 11 of Acts where Cornelius and all present spoke in tongues as a sign that they had received the Holy Spirit just as it happened in the upper room. Apostle Paul also confirms this by saying, "We were all made to drink of one Spirit" (1 Corinthians. 12:13).
 
As you continue to study the courses on this site you will learn about how you are able to drink of the Spirit in your priesthood by daily offering spiritual sacrifices of prophecy and how you drink of the Spirit by using all of Jesus’ New Covenant tools.

Which Way Now?

When God baptizes you with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ will then be in you, and God’s covenant sealed unto you. God designed the baptism of the Holy Spirit for covenant contact. Covenant is the door that is open to you in Christ for many wonderful things to now take place, which could not take place if you remained outside of covenant. It is through covenant contact that we experience these things:

  1. God tests our faith
  2. God establishes relationship
  3. God receives fruit
  4. We gain trust
  5. We are brought into God’s care
  6. We are preserved in His framework of truth
  7. We experience the circumcision of the heart
Let’s look at little further to see God’s spiritual provision for you. When God baptizes you with the Holy Ghost (witnessed by tongues) these things are taking place:
 
1. God separated you from the world unto Himself.  You are now in covenant with God. Hebrews 8:6: “But now hath he (Jesus) obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.”
 
2. You are now born again. When God places His Spirit into you, He is causing a spiritual rebirth. You are born of the Spirit. John 3:6-7: “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” We can understand that what you learn now is about how to co-labor with the Spirit that the Christ-likeness might be manifested in you.
 
3. You are now a child of God. When God places His Spirit into you, He is adopting you into His family. Romans 8:15: “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”
 
Galatians 4:5: “To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”
 
Ephesians 1:5: “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.” We can understand that what you learn now is about how to walk as a son of God, how God’s nurtures a relationship with you.
 
4. God gives you an eternal inheritance. When God places His Spirit into you, it is an eternal bond. Your faith has eternal rewards. Ephesians 1:13,14: “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” We can understand that what you learn now is about how to keep your eyes on the hope that God placed before you.
 
5. You are baptized into the Body of Christ (to function in the priesthood).
1 Corinthians 12:13: “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” We can understand that what you learn now is about how to minister to God, serve Him, and your brethren in the fellowship of His love and Word. This is done through your priesthood.
 
Now that you have seen what God provided for you by sealing your faith with the baptism of the Holy Spirit, you need to be equipped with knowledge to know how to grow in the life of Christ. Arm yourself with knowledge and with the spiritual tools of Jesus’ covenant to keep yourself in the will of God, to keep yourself growing in His grace, increasing in knowledge, and abounding in love.

 



 

Last Revised: 2015-05-25

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