Friday, December 31, 2010

CONDEMNATION VS. COMPASSION

I have addressed this subject many times; however, since it is so commonly abused it demands further attention. I am continually amazed at how widespread the absence of brotherly love has become among those who profess to be saints of God in the church of God. During the Evening Time apostasy (1930 to our present day), Satan saturated the world with a free love spirit among the flower child people, the hippies, and the compromising religious denominations of Protestantism. It appears that this snare of Satan caused the ministry of the church of God to become confused on the meaning and administrative principles of the law of love. They failed to provoke people to love and good works in fear of creating an environment which they termed “that old free love spirit.” The failure to promote godly and holy brotherly love caused the ministry and the church to drift into a destructive mode of administration. Judging became a higher priority than mercy and righteousness. Ministers and saint began to judge and condemn those whom they believed to be corrupting the church. Even if a person insisted that they had not committed willful sin; if the judges condemn you, you must repent and accept their doctrine or be excommunicated. The precious virtues of compassion, mercy, longsuffering and a burden to instruct precious souls in righteousness had been lost.

Oh how sad it is when brothers and sisters in the family of God fall into that terrible condition of biting and devouring one another. It is insufficient to just say that this condition exists. It is fruitless to just talk about the lack of compassion and the excess of people judging and condemning one another. We must identify the characteristics of this awful activity in such a manner as to expose it to the people.

Judgment and condemnation for willful sin must be preceded by an undeniable act of sin. Knowledge of this act of sin, with unquestionable proof, is the only justification for rendering judgment and condemnation. If a judge has not this certain, irrefutable knowledge of sin being committed, there can be no condemnation. The Word of God is very clear on the great necessity of proof with reliable witnesses before judgment and condemnation can be passed upon an individual. As a general rule of the Kingdom of God, we are clearly exhorted not to judge one another.

I look around me and I say, “Where is the burden for men’s souls? Where is the love of God that moves a saved person to want to participate in the salvation of another sinner? Where is the burden and loving kindness that will humbly forgive rather than judge and condemn?” There are some interesting scriptures which show this great contrast.

At the very beginning of this dissertation, I would like to state my belief that: It is rarely the will of God that a minister makes the initial announcement that some soul is lost without salvation. To condemn a soul is serious business and must not be done except by witnesses and the Holy Spirit. How often has this sad deed been done to the detriment and division of a congregation? Ministers have assumed the responsibility of keeping the church clean; and therefore, they have taken this authority upon themselves which is primarily reserved unto Jesus Christ. Endeavoring and brotherly love has been replaced with condemnation and purging. Let’s see how Jesus did it.

John 3:17-21
“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

Jesus did not come into the world to condemn the world. He came to set an example of holiness and righteousness and mercy. He came to teach and exhort and rebuke. A rebuke should not be followed by a judgment and condemnation of the soul. Let the Holy Spirit do His work of convicting and convincing the heart to bring forth the confession of a broken and contrite heart. Lift up the standard of righteousness and let the light of that standard reveal the evil of men’s deeds. Our duty is to preach the gospel. It is not to sit in the judgment seat of Christ, condemning the souls of men.

Luke 6:36-38
“Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

There is a vital principle in these two verses which many have overlooked. Did Jesus come to condemn? No. He came to teach and to save. His primary mission was to teach and to bring people to the saving knowledge of salvation. In an environment where truth is consistently preached and the standard of righteous lifted high, sin can not stay hidden. The light will expose it. The Holy Ghost will reveal it. It is the minister’s responsibility to warn, reprove and rebuke. It is not to condemn, except in that rare case where the sinner is beyond the reach of grace. All effort should be exhausted to restore him that is out of the way in some manner of conduct or belief. Notice how Jesus handled His disciples.

Mark 16:14-20
“Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”

Notice the strong language which is used here to address these disciples with whom Jesus had just spent 3 and ½ years teaching and instructing in the way of faith and preparing them for the things which they had just witnessed. He “upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Did Jesus condemn them and tell them to repent? No, He upbraided them. This word “upbraided” (SEC:NT:3679 Greek: “oneidizo”) is a strong expression of reproof and rebuke. He did not wink at their unbelief. He addressed it. He corrected them. He set before them the right way. And then Jesus immediately sent them forth to preach the gospel of salvation. These hard hearted, unbelieving disciples were not condemned but rather corrected and instructed.

In the situation of the disciple we all know the failure of Peter. We have two situations which I want to bring to your attention where Peter is used as an example. The first example is given in Luke 22:32, knowing that Peter was going to commit sin (lying and cursing) by protecting his own flesh, Jesus said to him: “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” Jesus knew that Peter was about to commit sin, so He encouraged Peter to not give up, but to be converted back to faith in Christ and be a useful vessel to strengthen the brethren.

I want you to notice that Jesus did not wink at Peter’s act of sin. He warned Peter and prepared him beforehand with the knowledge that Peter could repent and be converted. The words of Christ impressed upon Peter’s mind the opportunity of reconciliation which enabled Peter to have faith to believe in the forgiveness of the Savior whom he had denied. Behold the compassion of Jesus Christ.

There is a disturbing absence of this compassion for souls in the church of God today. It is because the church has been sleeping and an enemy has come in and sown some bad seed. Tares have been sown among the wheat while the laborers have been sleeping. Shall we go and gather out the tares from among the wheat? Not until the time of harvest. When is the time of harvest? After the field has been watered and matured so that the fruit of each plant clearly identifies who planted it. Judgment comes at the end of the harvest, not in the winter, spring or summer. A plant (or a soul) should not be judged in the hardship of the winter season. It should not be judged when it appears to be young and budding. Neither should it be judged in the heat of summer when the outward appearance of its leaves seem to indicate what kind of plant it may be. But at the time of harvest when the fruit has been borne then there is no mistake about the identity of the plant.

Jesus made the statement in John 7:24, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” Paul later asked this question in 2 Corinthians 10:7, “Do ye look on things after the outward appearance?” Can you answer that question for yourself? Do you judge according to the outward appearance? Is the conduct of a person an infallible reflection of the thoughts and intents of his heart? Can a person misunderstand, be confused or unlearned in such a manner as to outwardly appear to be disobedient and yet not be rebellious in their heart? Was the unbelief and hardness of the hearts of the eleven disciples of Christ evidence of sinful rebellion? Or, was it really an issue of weak faith? They were struggling with believing all that Jesus had told them. They had not rejected Christ. They did not despise the gospel. They were not refusing to obey. They were weak in faith and did not comprehend the width, the depth and the height of the wonderful gospel of salvation. Jesus had mercy and not condemnation. He reproved, rebuked and instructed them to go and do what He had commissioned them to do.

The second example where Peter is used to teach us how to handle a person who has erred is found in Galatians 2:11-14, “But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?”

In this account of Paul and Peter disagreeing on the relationship of Jews and Gentiles, Peter did not use wisdom in his effort to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to both the Jews and the Gentiles. Peter allowed his perception of the opinion and authority of other ministers to cause him to show respect of person. The Bible says in James 2:9, “But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.”

Before certain saints came to Antioch from Jerusalem, Peter ate his meals with the Gentiles which practice was not acceptable with the orthodox Jews. After the saints from Jerusalem arrived in Antioch, he refused to eat with the Gentiles for fear that the Jewish saints might object. In this matter, Peter committed an error. Did he backslide? Did he fall from grace and stand in need of repentance and conversion, once again?

There is no evidence in the scriptures which would imply that Peter was required to repent of sin in this matter. The first and second Epistles of Peter were written subsequent to this event and Peter speaks of the Apostle Paul with respect. Their relationship does not appear to have been broken, although Paul reproved Peter. The reproof is believed to have been effective and producing reconciliation. They did not disfellowship one another as has been common in our day of this Evening Time apostasy. Paul did not accuse Peter of being a sinner. He simply stated that Peter did not “walk uprightly.” Peter’s ignorance and lack of Holy Ghost discernment was not overlooked or “winked” at. He was reproved. He was corrected. But he was not excommunicated by Paul or the ministry. Why was Peter not condemned as a sinner for having respect of person? Because his transgression was due to a lack of understanding on how to handle a sensitive and difficult cultural issue. Peter did not have a rebellious heart. He wanted to do the right thing, but did not understand what to do to avoid offending either the Jews or the Gentiles. Do we ever encounter this dilema in our day? Do we always fast and pray so that we have Holy Ghost discernment in reconciling opposing parties?

My prayer: Lord Jesus, please help us and teach us to follow your example. Teach us the righteous and peaceable ways of your love and compassion. Send the Holy Spirit into our hearts to bring the power of your holy love to influence the works of our hands and ever motive and intent of our heart. Help us to have compassion and not be hasty in judgment. May our prayers and supplications be pleasing in your sight and worthy of your blessings. Amen.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

CAREFUL NOT FEARFUL

Some people think that they are being careful when in fact they are fearful. Their carefulness is rooted in doubt and fear that they have not kept the word of God faithfully. They question their experience and relationship with God. They are continually examining themselves and being so careful to do the right acts; yet they are without confidence that they are doing it right. This is a snare of the Devil to cause you to be fearful instead of careful.

Then, there are those who are careful and walking circumspectly before the Lord; and, Satan will continually try to cause them to believe that they are fearful. Satan will try to convince you that your carefulness is fanatical and that you ought to relax and enjoy your salvation.

The way we live our life and our relationship with God is too important to be guessing and doubting. The key to victory is to receive and have the Holy Spirit whom Jesus said would teach us all things. How can we learn without the Teacher?

John 14:26-27
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

If we have repented of sin and consecrated ourselves to be obedient to God in all things, then God has promised to send the Holy Spirit to teach us all things. We must have confidence that we have done our part and that God will do His part. If we are in that place, our hearts will not be troubled and we will not be afraid. We will be able to go forth with confidence.

We must examine ourselves with confidence. We must obey with confidence. We must fast and pray with confidence. We must go forth with confidence.

2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

You must examine yourself with complete confidence that if God shows you something you need to change or do, you will do it. You do not need to be fearful of finding sin in your heart. You know that you have repented of all your sins and you are clean from all disobedience. You have submitted yourself to God and you are willing to do everything God tells you to do.

Satan hates for people to daily consecrate themselves to God. Satan hates it when you remind yourself and everyone that you have submitted your life and consecrated yourself to the perfect will of God.

1 Corinthians 11:25-29
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.

Don’t be afraid to examine yourself. You must examine yourself with that confidence which is born of total consecration to do the will of God regardless of the suffering or persecution which may come from your obedience.

When Jesus told the rich, young ruler to go and sell all that he had and give it to the poor and come and follow Him, the rich, young ruler found that he was not willing to consecrate himself fully to obey the commandments which God gave to him. The love of the world proved to be greater than his love of God.

Luke 18:18-25
18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.
21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.
22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.
24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Whom does God command to “sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor”? I don’t believe that this command is given to every person; however, every person must be willing to do whatever God calls him to do. People who love money and things more than the love God need to do whatever God requires to remove everything in their life which is more important than God. Because God has said, “you shall have no other gods before me.”

The Holy Spirit will show you what stands between you and complete submission to God. It is a sad thing when God gives someone a gift and then they allow the gift of God to become more important to them than God.

Psalms 26:2
Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

Self-examination is dangerous. Don’t attempt to do it by yourself. You must let the Holy Spirit guide you and instruct you as you examine yourself. No man can do the work of God. Judging is God’s work. Consider the meaning, the sense and the context of the following three verses.

John 5:22For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

John 8:15-16
15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.
16 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.

1 Corinthians 4:3-5
3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.
4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.
5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

What truth do we find in these three verses:
1. God the Father has made Jesus the Judge of all things.
2. The judgment of Jesus is in agreement with the laws of His Father.
3. We must not judge ourselves or others without guidance from the Holy Spirit.
4. We must recognize the difference between preaching the judgments of God and judging the relationship of a soul with God.

Proverbs 9:8-10
8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

The “fear of the Lord” brings you to God. It teaches you that you ought to obey God rather than men or Satan. The fear of the Lord teaches you that God is the Judge of all men’s souls and you will stand before Him some day and give an account for how you have lived in this life.

Proverbs 16:6
By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.

People who continue in their sins, in rebellion against God, do not fear God.

1 John 3:18-22
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

Obedience produces confidence. Confidence produces peace and faith. If you are afraid of God, then it is because you are doubting your full obedience. You are afraid that God is not pleased with you. You must seek and find out what you ought to do in order to have confidence in your relationship with God.

Don’t let the accuser, Satan, steal your confidence.
And, don’t resist the Holy Spirit and lose your confidence.
You can either give up your confidence to the accuser or lose your confidence through disobedience. Your willful failure to keep your whole life on the altar will result in loss of confidence and loss of your salvation.

1 John 5:13-15
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Your faith is dead, if you do not have confidence in your relationship with Jesus.
You will not produce the works of faith, if you do not have confidence in your relationship with Jesus.
The manifestation of the power of the Holy Spirit is lacking in the congregation which is full of sleepy, slumbering, worldly minded people who do not have that confidence and assurance from the Holy Spirit.

It is important that we be very careful in all of our conduct; but we must not be fearful.
Loving obedience to the commandments of God will produce the fruit of salvation.
Total surrender to the Holy Spirit will produce peace, power and praise.
Give your all to Jesus and you will receive all He has for you.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

SUBSCRIPTION FOR SALVATION

When I woke up Saturday morning, these thoughts were running through my mind, how that salvation is like unto a subscription.

I am sure that you have had the same experience that I have where you receive an invitation to subscribe to the Reader’s Digest or Good Housekeeping or Handyman or some other magazine.

The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit have co-authored a book called The Bible, the Holy Scriptures. In this book they have designed the plan of Salvation for your soul, the temple of the Holy Ghost. They have sent you an invitation to subscribe to this great plan.

Have you received an invitation to subscribe to the plan of salvation?
Have you subscribed to the plan of salvation?
Have you paid your subscription fee for the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
You can’t pay $5 for a $50 subscription.
Have you renewed your subscription?
Has your subscription expired?
God wants you to pay the fee for a lifetime subscription.

The word “subscribe” means to engrave, to write, to record. God engraved His ten commandments upon tables of stone and He invited the people of Israel to accept the invitation to his subscription. He required them to pay the price to participate in this great plan.

Jesus came to give us a better plan and an invitation to a better subscription.
The subscription price for the New Testament plan is a million dollars, but since you only have a penny, Jesus is going to let you have it for a penny. A penny is all you have, you don’t have any more. When you give all you have, you get so much more in return. It is really a gift of salvation, although it cost you all you have. You don’t really have enough to purchase it, so Jesus purchased it for you and He is offering you a subscription if you will give Him your all.

The subscription for salvation is a daily subscription, you must go to the door each morning, there will be a knock on the door and you must open the door and accept your daily digest which will give you instructions on what to do for your own protection and for the good of others.

Jeremiah 32:41-44
41 Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul.
42 For thus saith the Lord; Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them.
43 And fields shall be bought in this land, whereof ye say, It is desolate without man or beast; it is given into the hand of the Chaldeans.
44 Men shall buy fields for money, and subscribe evidences, and seal them, and take witnesses in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, and in the cities of the mountains, and in the cities of the valley, and in the cities of the south: for I will cause their captivity to return, saith the Lord.

To “subscribe evidences” means “to register the bill of sale.”
This Old Testament account is analogous to the plan of salvation in the New Testament. You must buy the field, register the bill of sale, have it sealed with the Seal of the Holy Spirit and have witnesses to verify that you truly made the transaction. Do you have any witnesses that verify that you bought the field and paid the price? Is there a record written in Heaven which proves that you paid the subscription price?

When you receive an invitation in the mail to subscribe to Reader’s Digest, it will have a little card for you to fill out and send back with a check for $29.95. That is how you register the bill of sale for the subscription. If you meet their requirements they will send to you your first issue of the Reader’s Digest. If you only send $5, they will not send you the magazine. You can’t just pay $5 for a subscription which requires the payment of $29.95. There are many people who try to get a subscription for salvation without paying the full price.

Let us look again at verse 44 of Jeremiah chapter 32:

Verse 44 says: “Men shall buy fields for money, and subscribe evidences, and seal them, and take witnesses in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, and in the cities of the mountains, and in the cities of the valley, and in the cities of the south: for I will cause their captivity to return, saith the Lord.

We see four commands for action in this verse: “Buy” “Subscribe” “Seal” and “Take Witnesses.”

First of all: Have you bought your subscription?

Before you can ever enjoy reading your subscription and gaining the benefits of its publications, you must buy the subscription.

Matthew 13:44
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

Revelation 3:14-22
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

“Subscribe Witnesses” – i.e. “Register the bill of sale.”

You must make it public knowledge that you have purchased your citizenship in the family of God. You have accepted Jesus Christ as your husband. You have publicly vowed to be faithful to Jesus Christ as long as you shall live. This is one of the principal reasons why we have public baptisms, so that you can let everyone know that you have died out to your old self and been resurrected new in Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 6:11-14
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;
14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Can you imagine that it could be possible to go to heaven without any witnesses of your having subscribed to the covenant of the gospel of Jesus Christ? No witness can be found that you were a faithful worker in the field which you claim to have purchased. Who will be a witness for you at the judgment?

Has your subscription been sealed?

When a document is sealed, it is protected from being corrupted by unauthorized persons. When Grandma preserved the fruit of her garden, she sealed it with fire and a seal to protect the fruit from corruption. Has your subscription been sealed by the Holy Spirit?

Ephesians 1:13
13 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,

Ephesians 4:29-30
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Can you take witnesses with you who will confirm that you did in fact subscribe to the “Book of Life Club”?

1 Corinthians 1:4-9
4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;
5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:
7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Hebrews 11:5
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

What is your testimony in the congregation of the saints?
What is your testimony which is written in the Book of Life?
Before you can enter into that Heavenly Place where God dwells, you must have this testimony that you “pleased God.”

Have you bought your subscription?
Have you subscribed evidence? Is there a record written that you paid the price?
Has your subscription been sealed by the Holy Spirit?
Can you take witnesses with you to prove your claim on eternal life?