Permanent, Protected, Approved
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.
Recommended Reading – 2 Corinthians 1:20-22
Some people today still use a wax seal on personal correspondence. Red sealing wax is dripped onto the flap of an envelope and a seal is pressed into the wax, imprinting the author’s initial or other personal symbol. An unbroken seal on a letter is a sign of permanence and protection of the contents.
Such a seal is visible and physical—and some kind of visible seal will be put on the foreheads of God’s 144,000 called evangelists during the Tribulation (Revelation 7:1-8). But every Christian has been given a seal that is invisible—a seal that is God’s mark of permanence and protection for eternity: the seal of the Holy Spirit. In addition to permanence and protection, the seal (gift, presence) of the Holy Spirit affirms God’s approval. Just as the Holy Spirit descended upon Cornelius’s household to approve Peter’s message to them (Acts 10:44-47), so the Spirit of God says to the Christian, “You are approved and beloved of God” (see 1 Thessalonians 2:4).
If you are a true believer in Jesus Christ, you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit forever.
I am packed, sealed and waiting for the post.