The first seal we would have seen must have been in school on our report cards, sports certificates, circulars etc. Later in life we come across a seal while dealing with formal documents whether in the form of deeds or corporate contracts. Currencies have watermarks as seals to prevent counterfeit. Hence we know the value of an authorized seal. A document that carries a seal indicates its authenticity or genuinity and the authority of the issuer. An official seal validates the document and makes its contents legal and binding to both the issuer and the receiver of the document. The Bible too mentions that Kings and rulers had rings engraved with their names on it that was used to seal their decrees (Dan6:17). We also learn that Joseph and Mordecai were given the signet ring by their Kings as a mark of appreciation and authorising them to issue decrees in the name of the King by sealing them with the ring. In the days when slavery was practised, the slave was sealed with a permanent mark made on his skin to indicate who his master was and would help the owner to identify his slave.
Our spiritual lives too have a seal. Eph 1:13 & 14 says that the Holy Spirit is the seal of God’s ownership over us. The verse reads “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. 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.” From the above we understand that the truth and the Good News is our salvation – that God saves us. We are saved because we believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God whose precious blood was sacrificed for our redemption from sin. Today Christ is seated at the right side of God interceding for us. God’s Holy Spirit was His Promise that would be given to us after Jesus Christ departed from earth. The moment we believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him as our Savior, God identifies us as His own by giving us His Holy Spirit, which is His permanent mark of ownership over us. The Holy Spirit is the guarantee that God owns us. The promised inheritance (v.14) is eternity in heaven with God and our eternity is assured by the Holy Spirit God gives us when we believe in Jesus Christ. We need the Holy Spirit to help us reach God’s assurance of eternity. We have to grow in Him and be imitators of His love. The Holy Spirit guides us every moment in God’s way and gives us the discernment to understand and obey the Word of God to live righteously before Him (Eph 4:31; 1 Cor 6:19). God has approved and accepted our faith so that we may grow in Him and be imitators of His love.
Therefore, as we enjoy God’s presence with us, may we have a burden to pray for those around us who do not know this Good News. May we always be eager to share our joy of salvation to them and bring more souls to enjoy being under God’s ownership and be led by His Holy Spirit to His promised eternity.
Sr. Beena Kurian