A seal is used to reveal the genuineness of the document to which it is affixed. When God’s children are sealed by the Holy Spirit, they are identified as His. They are established by Christ and dedicated to His service (Ezekiel 9:4; John 6:27; Ephesians 4:30; Revelation 7:2, 3; 14:1).
There is sequence to the transformation in the believer’s life: first there is the hearing of the Word of God (Matthew 13:20), then the believing (Romans 10:9), and then the sealing that God puts upon him, as it were, a stamp of approval (Ephesians 1:14). The Holy Spirit is the agent of the sealing.
The apostle Paul in his epistle to the Ephesian Church wrote, “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” (Ephesians 1:13-14).
The Holy Spirit of promise is the One who identifies, those who are His own: “the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2 Timothy 2:19). God’s children are sealed until the day of salvation (Ephesians 4:30).
The promise of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit was promised to God’s people from the Old Testament times. “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions” (Joel 2:28; Isaiah 32:15; Ezekiel 36:26).
And in the New Testament Christ Himself promised that His disciples will receive the Holy Spirit: “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:16, 17).
The assurance of redemption
The Holy spirit assures the believers that the promises of God are faithful, and it is this assurance that mainly differentiates between them and the non-believers. Thus, God’s children have the honor even now of enjoying the heavenly pleasures. They may be greatly assured of the resurrection of the body, the return of the Lord, the gift of immortality, and all the eternal realities. The promise is sure, since it is guaranteed by the Almighty Himself through the Divine Spirit. “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death” (1 John 3:14).
Although we still await the full liberation from sin and its consequences; we can be certain that it will take place. “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13). Those who are sealed have the witness within themselves that they are the children of God: “who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee” (2 Corinthians 1:22).
In His service,