Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. – 2 Corinthians 1:21-22
Some time back, I came across what “sealing” meant in the Roman world. Two facts stood out to me in particular. First, when a government affixed its seal on anything, tampering with it was viewed as an attack on the government itself. An example would be Pilate’s sealing of Jesus’ tomb. Second, a government seal was an official reassurance that a container held exactly what it claimed.
Now consider those two things in regard to your relationship with God. Belonging to Him means you are so secure that to “tamper” with you would be to take on all the powers of heaven! I love this second on. When I read the Scriptures, God says that I am loved, blessed, forgiven, gifted, a child of God, and I have an eternity with Him. Often, I don’t feel all those things. But His seal guarantees that my “vessel” contains exactly what His Word says. I can take comfort in knowing that I belong to God. He has sealed me for all of eternity, and nothing can remove His seal!
Mark Hoover, Living in the Light