What Are Your Ingredients?
The January 1996 issue of the Readers Digest includes an article titled The Titanicís Final Secret (p.51). Among the various reasons for its rapid sinking (not the least of which was pride) it reveals a new one. Tests of samples brought up from the ocean floor and from metal left over from its construction reveal that the mixture of metals in its steel was a dangerous recipe. Due to the excess quantities of sulfur the steel was brittle, shattering into a much larger hole in the shipís side than the iceberg caused. Thus we see that the condition of the hardened substance is often as important as the fact that it is hard.
So with the human traits. The words of the Creator and Judge are: He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he who is filthy, let him be filthy still: and that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. (Revelation 22::11.) One can "frozen" as a beneficial or "righteous" person; or one can be "frozen" as a harmful, unpleasant, or "unjust" person. What are the ingredients for being "frozen" as a good quality individual?
At the second coming of Jesus, there will be four groups of people. In 1 Thessalonians 4:16 Paul, speaking by the word of the Lord, mentions the "dead in Christ." The next verse speaks of "we [Christian brethren] who are alive and remain. [Quote verses 15-18 from Smith and Goodspeed.] The third group John mentions: [Quote Rev.6:15-17]. The fourth group is referred to later in the same book: [Rev. 20:13-15]. The four groups then are:
These four groups are referred to repeatedly in the Scriptures of Truth. We want to know what makes a dying person united to Christ. But, and more importantly, we want to know the ingredients of those who are alive and are united to Christ.
Rev 7: 2 groups, v.9,10 resembles most closely those who are dead and united to Christ, so those who are sealed are those who are alive and remain. What is sealing? Is. 8:16. Sealing is "freezing."
Seal the law we also find in Rev.14:12. But these are the ones do not worship the beast and his image, vv.9-12 cf. Rev. 22:14. Elements of seal found in the fourth commandment. Worshipping image etc. must be the opposite of the law being sealed in the heart (Heb. 8:10). It must be lawlessness or the doing away with the law in the heart. Paul speaks of the mystery of lawlessness, etc..
But isnít the law of God as the seal a form of legalism? Rom 8:1-4 Seal is simply the necessary, quiet, subtle, and often unknown culmination of a friendship with God. So those who are frozen good are God very good friends. And those who are not frozen good are simply those who did not really know God personally, no matter what they may have thought. Matthew 7:21-23: "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
Therefore our conduct now is determining our ingredients, is determining the condition of our letter before it is sealed.