WOW! God has once again opened my heart to His power and the evidence of our belonging to HIM. My heart and life are SEALED by HIM and no other! By belonging to Him I have access to ALL that belongs to HIM and to EVERY promise in HIS WORD.
To confirm ownership a seal was used in the ancient world. To your left is a picture of an ancient Hebrew seal which is believed to be owned by Jezebel, the wicked Queen of Israel. Seals were usually made of hard stones or metals with an engraved image on each one to indicate a persons worth or possessions. In research I found a seal usually had the engraving of a diety (god), a hero or a portrait. Slaves and livestock were marked as possessions by their owners with a family seal just like we brand cattle today to show their ownership. In some cases people claimed to be owned by a diety (god) and wore the seal of their god.
The one TRUE God has marked His possessions as well! We as believers are marked (SEALED) by God Himself. His SEAL does not leave a physical impression on us… however, His SEAL (of the Holy Spirit) is as a sign of you belonging to Him. As you demonstrate your faith you show others who you belong to.
What does God’s SEAL mean to me and you?
1) The Holy Spirit (SEAL) is a guarantee of the full experience of salvation.
2) The SEAL is a guarantee He will do what He promised in His Word.
3) His SEAL is like a binding contract with each one of us.
4) His SEAL lets others know who we belong to.
5) His SEAL secures… (is the evidence) of eternal life for us.
Passage (English Standard Version) Ephesians 1:13-14:
13In 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, 14who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Passage (New Living Translation) Ephesians 1:13-14:
13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. 14 The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.
Showing others the SEAL of God (through the Holy Spirit) is the evidence needed to confirm who owns your life.
Signed… Sealed… Delivered… I’m Yours God!
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