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::Devotional:: ‘Holy Spirit – The Seal of The Eternal King’

March 18, 2010

I received a letter in the mail the other day from our government.  On the front it said “U.S. Census form enclosed/Your response is required by law.”  The media has spent a lot of time talking about identifying authentic documents and verifying credentials of “Census Visitors” at your door.  Authenticity has always been an issue when it comes to document correspondence.  In fact, a king used to wear a one-of-a-kind ring with a special symbol to seal a document as an authentic correspondence from him.  The Bible tells us that the eternal king, the Lord Jesus, authenticated Christians by sending the Holy Spirit to dwell within them and to serve as His seal on them.

The Wax Seal

Imagine for a moment that you are a king during the middle ages and you need to send a peace treaty document to a rival country.  Your write the treaty, fold it up and hand it to a carrier who then is supposed to travel hundreds of miles away to deliver this critical message.  Now, imagine that this carrier is not one of your biggest fans.  In fact, he’d like to see you tossed off the throne.  So instead of delivering a peace treaty, he burns your document and writes a declaration of war, forging your signature, and then delivers that to the rival king.  Not exactly what you wanted to happen right?  Well, a simple wax seal on your original document would have prevented the whole situation from occurring, or at least made it a little more difficult to accomplish.

When a document was finished, the king would fold or roll up the document and then pour a spot of hot candle wax on the last fold and place the imprint of his special ring into the wax.  When then wax cooled the document was officially sealed and authentically marked by the king.  We would refer to those as signet rings and monograms today.  The wax seal was only to be broken by the person the document was sent to and it protected the contents of the document until that very moment.  That’s the model we have for the Holy Spirit’s role as the seal of the eternal king.

The Seal of the Eternal King

Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus encouraging them to be unified in Christ and reminded them of their inheritance as co-heirs with Christ.  He also mentioned that the Holy Spirit was the seal of authenticity on every believer.

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.  Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – the praise of his glory.  Ephesians 1:13-14

As Christians, we can praise the Lord this morning that our eternal existence with the Lord has been secured through the shed blood of Jesus Christ and officially sealed in authenticity by the Holy Spirit.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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