A Historical and a Biblical Guarantee
In the beginning days of becoming an independent nation, the 13 Colonies were determined to break the bonds of England’s insistent control. During the time of the American Revolution, Pierre Eugene du Simitiere was responsible for developing the design for the Great Seal along with our nation’s motto. The motto was written in Latin and read, E Pluribus Unum meaning: “Out of many, one,” “One out of many” or One from many.” The Latin term Annuit coeptis reads, “He approves the undertaking” and Novus order seclorum is interpreted, “New order of the ages.” This was adopted by an Act of Congress in 1782.
The saying, E Pluribus Unum was our countries’ first motto and stayed our first motto until 1956 when Congress passed an act adopting “In God We Trust” as our official motto. The words, E Pluribus Unum are written on the Great Seal of the United States and is still used today in our present-day currency and the Great Seal as a national emblem. It appears on official documents such as passports, the seal of the President, Vice President, Congress, House of Representatives, and the seal of the Untied States Supreme Court.
A seal is a guarantee, a formal promise or assurance (generally written words) that certain conditions will be fulfilled. The greatest seal of all and of the utmost importance is the seal Christ has placed upon us. 2 Corinthians 1:22 says, “who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” There is one significant promise or guarantee Christ has given to us and that is He has promised to save us and give us eternal life. When we by faith, believe or put our trust in Him, He miraculously cleanses us from all sin, adopts us into His family and gives us everlasting life. Sola fide ("by faith alone”), Sola gratia (“by grace alone”) through Solus Christus (“through Christ alone”) are important Latin words which deem us free and biblically guarantee liberty.
Lord, my faith is in You.