“In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.”
As a teen, I remember putting on my love notes, S.W.A.K.* Everyone knew what it meant. But what does it mean when you so you are sealed with the Holy Spirit?
Three things to consider:
First, it is a mark of being authentic. If the Holy Spirit is not in you, then you are a fake. First John 3:24 says, “If we obey God’s commandments, we will stay one in our hearts with him, and he will stay one with us. The Spirit that he has given us is proof that we are one with him.” John’s choice of words is illuminating, because it is the Greek word for “assurance.” Assurance is not our claim; but His on us.
Second, the seal is a mark of being owned, like a tattoo, or the branding of a cow. You are His. Romans 8:9 says, “if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.” There is an element of being someone elses. Property, with boundaries. A possession that is now completely His.
Third, the seal is a mark of being safe and secure. Esther 8:8 tells about this type of seal, which “no man can reverse.” If the word of an earthly king is inviolable and irrevocable, what of His decrees? Isn’t He the Lord God Almighty?
As a believer with ‘personal issues,’ I must have a working awareness of having been sealed by the Father. So much of my life is in a daily upheaval. I honestly can’t put two days together that work. Unstable has become my ‘middle name.’ But being sealed by God stabilizes me. I can now rest completely in what He has done.
For some people God is a religion; but for the saints He is an embrace and a kiss.
- The Holy Spirit In the Believer (kdmanestreet.wordpress.com)
- Outpouring of Holy Spirit in Asia (extremelifeadventures.wordpress.com)
- Sealed By The Spirit (lewis412013.wordpress.com)