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Summary: This is a sermon that shows the importance of not just letting Him be your Savior, but make Him your Lord. How to be commited to and for Him.

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours 3/15/04

Ephesians 1:7-14

The title of message is “signed, sealed and delivered, I’m yours”. Now I will give you a second to get the song out of your head, and I want us each to examine our own lives and see if we can say the same words of this song.

Signed

When you think of signed you think of signatures. A signature speaks of ownership. When you buy a car you have to sign the title. When you buy a house, you sign paper and your name is placed on a deed. Your name may be on your paycheck but a signature is required for a deposit. Now before you go thinking you have direct deposit and you never even see your paycheck, there still was first a signature to release that direct deposit. I can write as many checks to you as you want, but in order for you to receive the rewards of that check, you must first sign it.

Are you signed with Christ? Does he have ownership of you? Let me give you a few thoughts about His signature.

1. Written in red (Vs.7)

He paid for us in full with His own shed blood. He loved you so much that He laid done His own life for our sins. You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to clean up before you come into His house.

Romans 5:8, But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

2. We have an inheritance (Vs.11)

Since we have His signature we become heirs to Him.

2 Corinthians 6:18, I will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.

By being His heir we are entitled to His strength, His power, all that He has, He will give to us.

3. It is our choice.

If I were to give you a check for $10,000 and you had it and you carried it with you. You would take it out and look at it, but you know what you had? You had a piece of paper. In order for you to receive the reward of the check there has to be a signature.

Christ has paid for our sins with His shed blood. We are entitled to all He has to offer us, and that is a lot. Peace, joy, contentment, love, the list goes on and on. But He also gives us the choice to accept or reject this great gift.

When we are saved He places his signature upon us. When Christ puts his name on us…he identifies Himself as owner. First this gift has been signed…next we see in our text that this gift has been Sealed.

Sealed (Vs.13)

What kind of seal is Paul talking about?

A seal was an official mark of identification placed on a letter, contract, or document. When royal business was conducted, the document was sealed with hot wax and imprinted with the king’s signet ring. A Kings seal signified 3 things.

A. Ownership - Written in kings name, sealed with signet ring. The Kings property

B. Security - The built in security of the seal was the king’s authority. Break the seal and die.

C. Unchangeable- No One, not even the king himself can reverse such a decree.

An example is King Darius was tricked and forced to throw Daniel to the lions because of his unchangeable decree (Dan 6:6-16)

When we speak of being sealed, what does that mean to us?


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Steve Miller

commented on Mar 4, 2013

Very clever language for the points!

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