You are Sealed by the Spirit
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
In what ways does the Spirit seal us for the day of redemption?
The Greek word translated in this passage means “to seal, to put a mark on an object to show possession, authority, identity, or security.”
After we come to Christ in true repentance, surrender to His Lordship over our lives, and submit to the Spirit’s leadership, we can know we are eternally secure. He has marked us as His forever. We must voluntarily let Him “possess” us. Before Christ, I was possessed by evil spirits, now I only want to be possessed by the Holy Spirit!
Once sealed, we must allow Him to have total authority over us. We must also recognize and receive the authority Christ Jesus has given us (see Matthew 28:18). Consequently, the enemy has no authority over us except the authority we give him when we open the door through sin.
The Holy Spirit seals us also as a sign of identity. We must know who we are in Christ. We cannot believe the accusations of the enemy against us; rather, we must confess and believe what God says about who we are in Christ. Meditating upon, and memorizing, scriptures related to our new identity on a daily basis is important to combatting the constant accusations and lies of the enemy.
Thank our Father that you are sealed for the day of redemption by the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to help you understand the authority and new identity you have now in Christ.
Dive Deeper: Study Ephesians 4.