For me, this blog represents a place where I can express things in my mind that often make more sense to me if I get them on paper — or at least the computer screen. Sealed & Seated came about because of my own lack of understanding the truth of who I am in Christ.
“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14
Key to this verse in my life was the two words “Having believed.” The truth of having been sealed with Christ was good for me to know. In fact, I can say I probably heard it a thousand times before. But faith comes through believing it — that’s what drives behavior. If I don’t believe it to be true, then I won’t live like I believe it! So I know and believe that I am sealed within Christ — my life IS Christ!
“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:6-7
It was always a special day on Thanksgiving to circle around the family dinner table and find the place where my name was written. It was MY place! Chosen for me, designated for me, prepared for me! God has gone before us and prepared that seat! Through His resurrection I too have been raised and placed in a seat with Him! It is MY place!
by: Mark Cruver