In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
In these two verses we learn of one of the great blessings of being redeemed. We are sealed! There are two equally valid ways to examine this concept of sealing according to its usage at the time the Spirit penned this through the Apostle Paul.
The first involves the concept of ownership. Though it may not appeal to you I am glad to know that I belong to Christ. He owns me! That appeals to me because I know that because of his seal the devil can never have me. He may influence me. He may cause me problems but in the end I will still belong to Jesus. Nothing can seperate me from the love of God found in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:38 and 39).
The second way to look at the seal as expressed is that God has closed up our souls. Nothing is going to get in. Nothing is going to get out. When he saved me he filled my soul with his righteousness. I am not going to lose any of. It won’t leak out like a tire in need of repair and nothing will leak in.
There is a second concept introduced in these two verses as well. That concept is that we have a promise from God. He has promised that the work he began in our salvation will be completed in the resurrection. He will completely erradicate all sinfulness from my life!
The third and final concept in this verse that we discussed was the fact that we have the earnest of our inheritance. When God saved me he did that job completely but he did not give me everything he has in store for me. There is more to come when I get to heaven. That gets me pretty excited when I think of all the good things he has done for me already!
He accomplishes each of these concepts by the surest way he possibly can. In a work as important as sealing our souls he can leave nothing to chance. So he does it himself through the person of the Holy Spirit. He puts his Holy Spirit in each and every true believer! In fact that is how one knows whether he is a true believer or a false professor. It is through the witness of the Holy Spirit. He is the seal! By the seal we know we have the promise of the resurrection. By the presence of the Holy Spirit and the joy he brings to us we also get a little taste of what heaven will be like.
When I consider all these blessings that took place when I got saved, though I didn’t even know of them at the time, it gets me excited to go home. It also makes me want to work harder, to give more and truly serve while I am here on Earth.