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Sealed for Your Protection

by on March 23, 2013

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.

– Ephesians 1:13

The other day I went to open a jar of food that I had just brought home from the store. As I did so, I did not hear the familiar pop of the protective seal being broken. Have you ever experienced that before? What’s the proper course of action when that happens? Did I just miss it? Or was it really not sealed?

Our verse this week is the first of five that will focus on the theme of “Assurance.” In our study through Ephesians this year, Pastor Jim noted the way in which Paul uses the image of a seal to give assurance of ownership. Throughout history the seal has been used as an official means of stamping approval. A wax seal would also have been used to secure a letter, letting the recipient know that its contents had been untampered with upon delivery. We learned that Paul’s analogy of a seal reminds us of the complete security we receive through Christ’s work of redemption on our behalf. This is an incredibly powerful truth. God has put his seal of approval on us.

There’s an equally powerful truth contained within this verse. The means by which we are sealed is, of course, not a bit of wax or a suction sealed lid st, but the Holy Spirit! Sometimes the language we use about the Holy Spirit makes Him seem like an object, or gift that God gives us. But the Spirit is, in fact, God Himself. He is no less God than the Father or the Son.

This can be a difficult truth to wrap our minds around, but Paul is telling us that God Himself the mark that demonstrates our approval and authenticity. It is not just that God has given us a tamper-proof seal, but that God is the seal. He is the one who testifies to our authenticity – not us, or the things we do, or the things people say about us.

This week may you be reminded of the assurance and security you have in what Christ has done for you.

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