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Sealing of the Holy Spirit


Sealing of Holy Spirit

        The trucking industry has an interesting illustration of the sealing of the Spirit. For certain types of loads, when a truck is fully leaded and ready for its run, a plastic seal is put around the lock on the door. This seal cannot be broken before the truck reaches its destination without the penalty of loss of one’s job.

        This is similar to the sealing of the Spirit. The seal of the Spirit cannot be broken before the Christian reaches his heavenly destination. It is our guarantee of reaching God’s destination for us. ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching


Sealing of Holy Spirit

        Ranchers in West Texas make it their practice to round up all their year-old calves each spring for branding. The calf is held down, the branding iron is heated red hot, and the brand is placed on its flank. The brand is the rancher’s mark of ownership. No one can dispute that the calf belongs to him.

        In the same way God has placed his mark of ownership on us by sealing us with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God’s mark of ownership, authority, and security over us. No one can remove us from his ownership until the day of redemption. ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching


Sealing of Holy Spirit

        When a piece of registered mail is mailed from a post office, it is sealed until delivered. Actually, only two persons can open registered mail-the sender (if it is returned to him) and the designated recipient.

        To draw a parallel for believers, God is the One who sends us on our way to heaven, and God in heaven is the recipient on our arrival. As with registered mail, only God can break the seal of our redemption. However, he has promised not to do so-and the guarantee of that promise is the presence of the Holy Spirit, who is the One in whom we have been sealed by God.— Charles C. Ryrie