Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Secure in Christ, Part 6 - The Spirit is our Seal and Guarantee

"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."  Eph. 1:13-4

"Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come." 2 Co. 1:21-2

One of my favorite thoughts when pondering our secure position as believers is thinking on the beautiful Holy Spirit's presence in our lives.  He was given to us as a seal of our salvation and also as the guarantee of our future bodily redemption.  To me, that simply means that I'm going to make it to heaven and to being resurrected for sure, because the Holy Spirit is making sure that happens!  Just His presence within shows that it is guaranteed and set.  And Jesus promised that the Spirit would be with us forever (Jn. 14:16-7), so this is a permanent seal and guarantee that we have within us, a Someone that won't leave us and that we cannot lose!  The seal is permanent and its effects are permanent, hallelujah!

We were sealed with the Spirit - I read a couple of things that helped me understand what that means, that the Spirit seals us to the day of redemption or marks us as God's own.  The word "seal" carries with it the ideas of ownership, protection, and destination.  The Spirit is a seal, meaning is He is God's "mark" that was put on us, a mark of ownership, showing that I belong to God, that I'm an authentic, genuine Christian.  Also, He is our seal in the sense that, just as a seal on earth secures the contents of a document or package against loss or damage, the Spirit protects us against any loss or damage.  And lastly, a seal carries with it the idea of destination - it ensures that the package sent will arrive at the destination intact; that is what the Spirit does for us, for we were sealed for the day of redemption - He ensures that we will arrive safely at our heavenly destination with our glorified body (Eph.. 4:30)!

Another related idea is that of the Spirit as our guarantee.  He is called the guarantee of our inheritance in Eph. 1:14, a deposit guaranteeing what is to come (2 Co. 1:21-2).  Studying on this word "guarantee" was really interesting.  It is the word meaning "engagement ring" and is like a down payment ensuring the full payment to come.  The Spirit is our down payment, assuring us that we'll get the full inheritance in the future - the resurrection of the body and all the joys of knowing God's presence in heaven fully experienced!  It's wonderful to think that Jesus has given His Bride such an "engagement ring" - the Holy Spirit, His very Spirit within us, one with our spirit, within us as the very Eternal Life of God, abiding in us and filling us to overflowing!  The Spirit as our guarantee assures us that we'll see our Bridegroom face to face and celebrate the wonderful Marraige Supper!  What a day that will be!

Thank You, Lord, for Your Precious Holy Spirit living within us, reminding us that we really are destined for the heavenly joys of being Your Bride forever!  Thank You that the Holy Spirit is our assurance of that day to come!  Thank You that the Spirit's wonderful presence that we enjoy within us now is just a down-payment on the future complete inheritance we'll experience later of being with You in glory!  Thank You for sealing us with Your Spirit unto the day of redemption, and thank You that Your Spirit in us marks us as Your own possession, protects us from any loss, and ensures that we'll safely arrive in heaven!  Thank You for how You abide in us and we abide in You through the Spirit!  Amen..


  1. Excellent post!

    The seal is something that we cannot even touch physically. It was not us that sealed ourselves, but God sealed us. In order for our salvation to be undone would require God to break His own seal, as we are powerless to do so. This is something God would never do.

    The seal is not conditioned upon our continued faithfulness or believing. Paul made two things very clear in Ephesians 1, and that is "having (past tense) believed," he said that we "have been (past tense) sealed." The use of the past tense refers to a completed work of God apart from mankind. There is no way we can mess that up.

    Yes, the Holy Spirit is said to abide in us forever as you quoted. The beauty of that verse does not stop there. The Greek word for "abide" is MENO. Look at the verses below and notice the similarity in the verses:

    "He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth (MENO) in me, and I in him" (John 6:56).

    This is how we know that we mutually abide (reside). We MENO in Him, and He in us.

    We know the one that believed upon Him receives the Holy Spirit, as you quoted already John 14:16:

    "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide/dwell/reside (MENO) with you FOR EVER."

    Here is where it gets very powerful. We know that we abide in Christ because of Him giving us His body and blood to eat and drink (believe). Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to abide in us FOREVER. So we already know that the Holy Spirit is in us forever abiding. Now look at 1st John 4:13:

    "Hereby know we that we dwell (MENO) in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit."

    Here John was giving his hearers assurance. We know that we abide/dwell in Him, and He in us, because He has given us His Spirit (John 14:16) that abides (meno) with us FOREVER! If the Spirit abides with us forever then we know that we abide in Christ, and He in us forever!

    We are redeemed, reconciled, loved, accepted, sealed, made holy once for all, made perfect forever, forgiven of ALL sins, made righteous, set-apart, seated in the heavenly places. Who can condemn us when it was He who died for us? What can separate us from His love? NOTHING, for His love came to us when we were enemies, sinners, ungodly, and without strength (Romans 5). Nothing can condemn us for there is now no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus. We merely drink of the blessings that forever flow freely to us in Him. In Christ, we have been blessed with all spiritual blessings!


  2. Wow, I love what you've written here, Dave! I love especially how you said we can't mess this up! And I also just love what you said about how the Spirit abides with us forever, so we know we abide in Christ and He in us forever!

    What a relief to be safe in His arms, sealed protectively, securely and eternally by the precious Holy Spirit!

    Thank you so much for sharing!


May the amazing grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, and the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. 2 Co. 13:14