Scripture for Today: Ephesians 1:13 “In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation – having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,”
The other day I gave my husband a card on the back of which I wrote, “S.W.A.K.” I was surprised he did not realize that it meant, “sealed with a kiss!”
Recently, seals have seen a resurgence in popularity, but they have been around for a very long time. In biblical times they were common and served several purposes. First, they kept that document rolled and closed. They also kept a communication private. The seal revealed the sender as it was imprinted with an identifying mark. Of course, the importance of a seal was only as important as the sender.
Our verse for today says that believers are sealed with the Holy Spirit. Being sealed by Him means guaranteed security and the reassurance of belonging to Him. I am His possession. He cares enough about me to seal me to Himself.
In Song of Solomon 8:6 there is also a seal. It is a seal that pledges fidelity between the bride and the bridegroom. This seal was over the heart and on the arm. It was a sign of love. I like to think of my seal of the Holy Spirit in the same way. Because He loves me, He has marked me forever as His own. And it is through the seal of His Holy Spirit that He speaks love and reassurance to my heart.
He is the Holy Spirit of promise. He has promised Himself to me. The imperfect up- and- down relationship I have with Him now is not to be compared to the closeness we will someday enjoy. His seal has guaranteed it!
May 17, 2013 at 4:27 am
Thanks, Jan! I enjoy your devotions.
May 17, 2013 at 9:03 am
Thanks for the wonderful reminder of our guarantee!! Sending a email SWAK to you both. xxxooo