In this article I am discussing the biblical meaning and significance of “Seals.” Perhaps the subject of seals may not seem to be of great importance to you, but in truth and actuality, nothing in heaven or on earth takes place without God’s permissive will. Everything that takes place in heaven and under the heavens requires God’s approval.
As the Designer, Creator, and Maker of all things, God is the beginning and ending of everything. He is the final Authority pertaining to life and death. As Comptroller of the universe, every person and all activities that takes place in heaven or on earth are subject to God approval. As a matter of fact all things are held together by the His power (John 1:3-4).
After God decrees and seals a matter, it stands forever. No one can change the King’s decree after it has been established and displays His authentic “Seal of Approval.”
“A seal” is an acceptance, endorsement, affirmation, or approval. A seal shows a sign to favor, recognition, or acquiescent, according to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary.
What are the different types of seals used in the Scriptures?
- Seal of approval. God the Father has placed his seal of approval on His only begotten Son (John 6:27b).
- A seal of ownership (2 Cor. 1:21-22).
- Sealed with that Holy Spirit is given to the believer now as a first installment to assure him of his full inheritance as a son of God shall be his hereafter (Eph. 1:13-14).
- Sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession (Rom. 8:23).
- The Spirit is the pledge of the fulfillment of all the promises (2 Cor. 1:20).
- The Apostle John writes of the seal judgments (Rev. 6).
- The sevens seals, trumpets, and bowls are connected to one another (Rev. 8:1-5).
There are many biblical references made to the quality of a seal. The use of seals vary as they denote to property or things. A mark (or seal) may be set on something to denote that it is confirmed as genuine or authentic. Such being the case with deeds, contracts or agreements.
In the Book of Esther, King Xerxes gave a ruling against Haman the Agagite, because of his attack on the Jews. Haman’s estate was given to Esther, and a new decree was written and sealed with the King’s signet ring (Esther 8:7-10). This seal is used to certify or assure the truth of the transfer of property from one to another.
There are also seals used for security purposes and protection, to hide or conceal a matter, all of which might be applied to sealing as expressive of the grace of God to his people, in claiming and distinguishing them from the rest of the world, setting his affections on them, securing and protecting their persons. In the later case, the Apostle Paul provides an example of his approved apostleship in 1 Cor. 9:1-3. In his own defense, Paul states to the Corinthians,
“For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. This is my defense to those who sit in judgement on me.”
MARKED AND SEALED WITH THE PROMISE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
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, to the praise of His glory (Eph. 1:13-14).
We receive the Holy Spirit the moment that we receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior. The Holy Spirit becomes our indwelling presence as a permanent possession the moment that we believe. He is a seal of salvation for all those who believe.
The seal of the Holy Spirit is an identifying factor of the possession of salvation. He could not be the seal of our salvation if he is not received at the moment of salvation. He is our guaranteed seal.