Present Truth Part 27

7:2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,  7:3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. Revelation7:2&3 (Emphasis supplied).

Revelation 7:2&3 was written to answer the question that was asked at the end of the previous chapter:

For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? Revelation 6:17 (Emphasis supplied).

Revelation 6:12-16 makes it clear that the great day of his wrath in verse 17 is referring to the 2nd coming of Jesus to destroy this earth; put an end to sin and sinners; and establish His everlasting kingdom of righteousness on the earth made new (see II Peter 3:8-14 & Revelation 20:11 thru Revelation 21:4). It is because the Lord would allow the winds of strife to blow on the earth just prior to His coming that John the revelator asked, and who shall be able to stand?

In Revelation 7:2&3 the Lord gives us the assurance that He will not allow the winds of strife to blow until He has sealed His servants in their foreheads {Please read or re-read parts 15 and 16 of this series for a more complete understand of God’s seal).

Having said all of this, here is the question to be answered:

What part does confession and repentance of sin (singular) have to play in receiving the Seal of God?

To answer that question we must first look at what we are told in Ephesians 4:30:

And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. (Emphasis supplied).

It is the Holy Spirit that not only reveals our sins but more importantly He also convicts us of the depths of our sin. This is why Jesus said:

16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.  16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: John 16:7&8 (Emphasis supplied).

To fully understand what Jesus meant by this we must read the following verses:

16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;  16:10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;  16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. John 16:9-11 (Emphasis supplied).

All who walk in the flesh are guilty of sin because it is impossible for them to have saving faith in Jesus. The apostle Paul explains why it is impossible in Romans 8:5-8:

8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  8:6 For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace.  8:7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. (Emphasis supplied).

Those who walk in the flesh do not believe in Jesus because our natural mind is carnal, it minds the things of the flesh which is controlled by the prince of this world (Satan) who is at war with God (Please read Ephesians 2:1-5).

Only those who walk in the Spirit can please God because those who walk in the Spirit have a mind that is controlled by the Spirit. Therefore, when the Spirit convicts them of sin (trusting in and depending on the flesh) they not only confess and repent of their sin they also confess and repent of the sins they have committed as a result of their sin. This kind of repentance can only be produced by the Spirit of God and this is why it is called godly sorrow (Please read II Corinthians 7:9-11).

Paul knew from experience about godly sorrow because the Holy Spirit convicted him of his sin of self-righteousness. Notice what He says happened as a result of that conviction in Philippians 3:3-10:

3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.  3:4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:  3:5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, [of] the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;  3:6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.  3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things [but] loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them [but] dung, that I may win Christ,  3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 

In summary, confession of sin is godly sorrow that leads to repentance unto salvation. Therefore, confession of sin is the first step in receiving the Seal of God.

Next week I am going to deal with what must happen for that first step to be complete. Until then I leave you with the rest of what Paul said in Philippians 3 to ponder and pray over:

3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;   3:11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.  3:12  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.  3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,  3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  3:15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.