Ephesians 4:30

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,
with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Ephesians 4:30
In ancient history, as well today, a seal on an envelope, document, or contract revealed the origin. A seal helps remove questions of whether or not the sender or signer is who they say they are. When something has a seal, we can have confidence to trust the sender. The origin of an envelope, document, or contract is solidified by a seal.
 
In addition to a seal pointing us to the origin, seals throughout history have also represented ownership. A slave that has been branded by a seal signified that they had an owner. This prevented a slave from ever running away, because a seal proved they were owned by a master. The same is true about cattle being branded with a seal. If a cow happens to get lost, a seal helps point back to home.
 
Yet we see that it’s not just cows, slaves, or documents that were sealed, we read within the Bible that followers of Jesus have been sealed by the Holy Spirit. What does this mean for us? It means we also have a specific origin, and that origin should shape our identity. So often the world tries to define us by our skills, failures, personality, or even the way we vote. Yet the Holy Spirit’s seal is a reminder for us about our true identity – children of God. Children of God aren’t defined by earthly measures, rather by our maker. And our maker says we chosen, accepted, redeemed, a new creation, and much, much more. So whenever we are confused about our identity or purpose, the Holy Spirit gives us confidence of our origin and how to get back home. When we are led astray by sin, our seal of the Holy Spirit, points us back to Jesus.
 
Another thing a seal represents is ownership. The primary benefit of having an owner means we have an inheritance, and once we have been sealed, there is nothing than can take away that inheritance - “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Those who have trusted in Christ have assurance on the day of redemption. That inheritance will be no more tears, pain, or suffering as we get to spend eternity in heaven with the one who has sealed us!
 
Questions for reflection:

1. How does knowing your origin shape the way you live your day to day?
2. Why is it important to be aware of our inheritance?
Jay Quick | Student Ministries Director

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