Seals are used by men to convey identity and authority. There is the Great Seal of the Unites States of America. If a person sees that on something it means that the authority of the United States is behind it. A king would affix his seal to a royal document and that made it law. People create their own seals to put on their letters and that identifies the sender. Seals have an important function in law and personal interaction.
God, too, has a seal. His seal is the Holy Spirit. In Ephesians 1:13-14 Paul 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.” The Holy Spirit is God’s seal upon us that we have been purchased by the blood of Christ and belong to God for eternity. He is the Seal of Promise.
The seal of God is not like the seal of men. On a letter a seal is expected to be broken. It is regarded as temporary at the least. On a document a seal can remain affixed long after the document has been changed by a new order or royal act, and while it remains affixed to the document, that document is of no value. A seal can be meant to be permanent and enforced by royal power, as was Pilate’s seal on Jesus’ tomb. But the power of God quickly and efficiently broke the seal of Roman power. The seal of God is not so.
God is omnipotent. No one can break His seal. No human power or government can override Him. They have tried their best and failed. God is constant. His word does not change and His mind does not waver. He is the God who changest not. God’s seal is not meant to be broken and it cannot be broken. This is the Seal of Promise that God has put on the children of faith.
God has sealed us with His promise, when He put His Spirit on us,
‘Tis a seal cannot be broken, He is our eternal token
Hallelujah, O what glory, purchased sealed eternal story
Gained we not by our own measure, purchased sealed by God’s good pleasure
In all the multitude of God’s promises to His children, this one is perhaps the most dear. He has sealed us with Himself unto the day of our full redemption when we meet with Him and rest in heaven. Praise God for the Seal of Promise.
The Friday Benediction
Until Monday, my friends, may the good God envelop you with His grace; may you prove the common confession of faith, “I believe in the holy Christian church and in the fellowship of the saints”, and may you be enriched with joy and hope as you exercise that confession this weekend. Amen
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