Signed, Sealed, Delivered!

Seals are used primarily to authenticate documents, specifically those which carry some legal import. There are two main ways in which a seal may be attached to a document. It may be applied directly to the face of the paper (an applied seal); or it may hang loose from it (a pendent seal). The object in all cases is to help ensure authenticity by maintaining the integrity of the relationship between document and seal, and to prevent the seal's reuse.

In the Middle Ages, the majority of seals were pendent. They were attached both to legal documents and to letters patent (i.e. open letters) conferring rights or privileges, which were intended to be available for all to view.

As Christians, we are also marked with a seal serving a similar purpose. We are sealed with The Holy Spirit who authenticates and is proof of our reconciled relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is God's "mark" on each one of us, signifying that we belong to Him and have rights and privileges as His children, including an inheritance in the world to come. God intends that the fruit of The Holy Spirit's "seal" on our lives will also be available for all to view.

Ephesians 1:13-14 (NIV):

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you 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.

May we be encouraged by The Holy Spirit seal on each one of us!

Yours in Christ,

Peter Rogers

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