A seal is used to properly signify the uniqueness of a document as well as to identify the owner of property in order to give it protection from being stolen. A seal is also used in government as the official emblem of that governmental entity.
In Ephesians, we read that when we believe the Gospel for our salvation, we are sealed by the Holy Spirit. So what does this mean exactly?
It means that from the very moment that we believe Jesus for all He did for us and we choose to follow Him, we are sealed by the Holy Spirit. We are identified as His to never be taken away. We are marked as genuine followers of Him and validated as members of the family of God.
We also see in this verse that this seal guarantees our inheritance. So what is our inheritance? Eternity with Jesus!!!!
So even when I mess up (and I do on the daily) – no matter how big or how small, whether it’s out in the public or kept in private, I am still sealed. My sins do not break this seal. The enemy cannot remove this seal.
I am sealed from the moment I said, “Yes Lord, I need You and I am choosing to follow You. I am asking You to be Lord of my life. Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross for my sins and thank you for conquering death three days later,” until I acquire eternity with my Lord. I may not always live in a manner that is deserving of this seal, but thankfully the seal of the Holy Spirit is not based on my righteousness but instead it is a mark of the righteousness of Jesus in my life!
“In 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, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14 ESV