Last Sunday in Revelation 14, we encountered again this idea of being sealed by God. In the immediate context scripture is speaking of the 144,000 as being sealed during the tribulation. But I don’t you to gloss over the significance of being sealed by the living God. Bringing this idea of sealing into our own church context, we understand that as Christians, we are sealed by the Holy Spirit. We read in Ephesians 1:13, , “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.  Jen and I were recently blessed with a cruise, where we had the opportunity to witness some of our Creator’s underwater wonders while snorkeling. Wanting to capture our experience, she bought new phone covers advertising the use of our cell phones underwater. Taking my cell phone underwater? Hmmm. To me, our new covers didn’t look much more secure than a typical sandwich bag. I was skeptical. I feared that taking our expensive phones underwater in a glorified Ziploc would not end well, so I invited Jen to try it first! She did and it worked just fine. Our phones stayed completely protected throughout the entire experience.
What does it mean to be sealed by the Holy Spirit? Does God have us in proverbial sandwich bag protecting us from evil? He does in a sense, but really it is so much more than just a protective covering. In the text quoted above we find this seal is also a mark of ownership, it’s how God identifies us. Here’s the implication, we are sealed, because we are His. He protects and preserves because we belong to Him as His children. Our very identity is found completely in Him.
When you first trusted Jesus you became a new creation; the old has passed away, making way for a new identity. This is what scripture means when we read the phrase, being ‘born again.’ We have been transformed! You’ve heard it said that you can pick your friends but you can’t pick your family. Whether you love your Dad or not, biologically speaking, he will always be your Dad. It’s in your DNA. For Christians the Holy Spirit has made us new, our Spiritual DNA is inextricably linked to our heavenly Father. It’s simply who we are and nothing can change that.
Perhaps you’ve been skeptical that God will be faithful in guiding you home. If that’s you, remember that the God of the Universe, in the person of the Holy Spirit is faithful and just to complete the work he started in you! Rejoice in the guarantee of our eternal future! Rest assured as those sealed by God!
In Him Together,