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The Seal of Promise

 We’ve been studying the Holy Spirit in a series called Flow. We’ve looked at several aspects of the Holy Spirit and how He impacts our lives as believers. One essential Truth is our understanding of the sealing of the Holy Spirit.

It’s true, when we accept Christ and abide in Him, we enjoy eternal life (1 John 5:11–13), and we become “heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17). The Holy Spirit also seals us.

Paul writes in Ephesians 1:13–14, “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”

Paul is describing the process of Christian growth and maturity that begins when we accept Christ and continues until “the day of Christ Jesus,” when Jesus returns. He starts by telling them and us about salvation. He gives the good news that Jesus shed His blood and made salvation freely available to anyone who would receive Him. And, then he points out that the Holy Spirit seals and guarantees the reality of this eternal inheritance.

A seal is a sign of ownership and authenticity. A seal also speaks of a finished transaction. It also means security and protection.

Seals are used today in the transportation business. Semi truck trailers are loaded every day with cargo. Once the cargo is fully loaded and verified, the trailer doors are closed and sealed with a numbered metal band. When the cargo arrives at its destination, before unloading, the receiver checks to make sure the seal has not been broken and that the number corresponds to the documentation. That’s a way for the receiver to know the cargo is authentic, and safe.

The seal of the indwelling Holy Spirit acts much the same way. Believers are specially sealed as God’s property (1 Corinthians 6:19–20).

We are sealed and our inheritance is guaranteed (v. 14). As soon as we are saved, the Holy Spirit begins to reveal all that we have in Christ. He assures us that we will inherit everything that Jesus has for us. He’s our guarantee.

Theologian and professor J. Dwight Pentecost wrote, “God has placed His identifying mark upon every child of God. This is an irremovable mark. It is an identifying brand by which God certifies His ownership of each one who has placed faith in Jesus Christ. God the Holy Spirit is that seal which identifies us as God’s possession. The plan of God the Father, the provision of God the son, the power of God the Holy Spirit all render the child of God as secure in Christ Jesus.”[1]

We are eternally alive and eternally secure.

[1] J. Dwight Pentecost, Things Which Become Sound Doctrine, (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1965), 132

3 responses to “The Seal of Promise”

  1. Camille Piland says:

    Oh I love that last paragraph! Such a beautiful visual of His love for me! I am Marked! By God and it cannot be erased! Praise Him!

  2. Kelli Dean says:

    Wow! I love the analogy you used to describe being Sealed with the Holy Spirit. Simple words can impact someones life more than eloquent words that your not sure what it means.
    I am God’s possession!!!
    Thank you Pastor Steve!